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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Track work preparation underway

  • The process of resurfacing the Porter Stadium track had entered a protective phase Tuesday morning as workers with Fisher Tracks were busy covering the stadium’s field turf with large pieces of plastic.
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  • The process of resurfacing the Porter Stadium track had entered a protective phase Tuesday morning as workers with Fisher Tracks were busy covering the stadium’s field turf with large pieces of plastic.
    “The work is ongoing,” said Rich Stilley, business manager for the Hannibal public school district.
    Work on the track actually began Monday when Fisher personnel went around the track, filling any voids in the surface they found.
    “In some places it was down to the concrete,” said Stilley of the holes.
    On Thursday and Friday the new track surface will be sprayed on. Lines and lettering will also be painted onto the track during that period.
    With work on the track going on, public access to the stadium has been temporarily restricted.
    “We understand what a nice surface it is to walk on rather than concrete, but we’ve had to close it this week. We hope people will understand,” said Stilley, who is hopeful the track can be reopened to public use next week after “curing” over the weekend. “We’re real excited to be enhancing one of the nicest high school complexes around. This (resurfacing) will have the track in great shape again.”
    Stilley estimates it has been almost two decades since any significant work on the track last took place.
    “It’s been 18 years,” he said. “The people with Fisher said we got a really good life cycle out of it. They anticipate it will be that long again before we have to do anything more.”
    Work on the track has been on the school district’s “to do” list for a few years.
    “We’ve been trying to fit this in the last two summers and now we’re finally getting it in,” said Stilley.
    The cost to resurface the track will run around $73,000, according to Stilley, noting the district included the project on its capital projects list. Fisher Tracks was the only company to bid on the project, added Stilley.
    The stadium’s field turf, which was installed six years ago, is reportedly still in good shape. While some minor repairs were necessary after the May 20, 2013, storm, Stilley says it is estimated it will be approximately eight years before anything major is required on the turf.
     

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