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DLHS track getting facelift

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The Detroit Lakes High School track is in need of some serious refurbishing.

Activities director Mitch McLeod said the track is literally crumbling.

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"The synthetic surface on top is starting to eat away and coming off in little crumbles," he said.

The problem with the track is it doesn't allow for proper drainage. It's not elevated or slated and butts right up against the football field.

Superintendent Doug Froke said water intrudes on or inside the topcoat layer and the structural asphalt base, so they begin to tear away.

And like many things, the track is old and is in need of a remodel in order to function properly and become a safe place for the students to practice and host home meets.

"The track has been there for more than 30 years and nothing has been done," Froke said.

The school board decided to open bids for reconstruction of the track. Bid opening is April 6 at 2 p.m. and the board will discuss the project Monday, April 12.

The project could cost up to $450,000 if the board decides to fix everything from the soil underground up to the surface.

Bids could come in considerably lower than $450,000, Froke said. Expenses would come out of the district's operating capital fund along with some reserves that were put aside to help with this project.

It's not clear yet whether the high school will be able to host track meets this season, it will depend on the extent of the project and how long it takes.

But leaving April and May open for practice is likely and would be ideal, McLeod said.

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