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After days and days of rain delays this summer, things are finally beginning to take shape and construction on the new track and field area is really beginning to reveal what is soon to become a state of the art facility. These pics were taken September 22nd, one day after the lights were erected.
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To prevent sinking and heaving of the track from the flow of the underground water-table (which was the cause of the problems with the previous track), a deep trench has been dug around the inside and outside edges of the track. The trenches are then filled with concrete to serve as an underground dam of sorts.

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A trench on the outside edge filled with concrete will also serve as a footing for soon to be poured curbs.

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Satellite monitored, high tech lighting that will illuminate the field without blinding the entire surrounding community.

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The best way to build an inner curb on a track. The bulk of this monster serves to hold the track in place and the drainage it provides as it is pitched to strategically position drain intakes makes this more than just a curb.

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Besides the seven-foot concrete trenches that were dug and then filled with concrete on the inside and outside edges of the track to prevent the subsurface water from penetrating below the track surface and causing heaving and sinking, the track surface is wrapped in a thick-gauge plastic with joints and seems welded or melted together to form one solid impermeable barrier against water. Next step, will be the application of #2 base that is repeatedly spread, rolled, and packed over this plastic barrier.

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After the gravel/limestone base, the track is sprayed with a tar and oil bonding agent.

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Asphalt is carefully applied to maintain a flat, level subsurface. The asphalt is applied at a specific temp and is allowed to cure for three weeks before any further work is done to the track surface.

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Longjump pits are filled with gravel and sand.

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Trenches are dug and plumbing for the irrigation system is installed.

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Sprinkling system is installed and soil is spread - just waiting for the finishing touches of hydramulch on the soil and poly coating on the asphalt track surface.

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Track surface materials in waiting for the asphalt to cure.

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Forty-two huge bags of tiny pieces of rubber, all weighing in around 2K pounds each plus eleven containers of the polymer binding material - all weighing about 2,500 pounds (not to mention a few fifty-five gallon drums). Approximately 115,000 pounds in freight.

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January 9, 2008 - Finally, the track surface is applied.

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Shouldn't be long now as this part (weather permitting) takes about two weeks to complete.