Warrenton Grade School track bubbles up, closes down

Parts of the track at Warrenton Grade School have detached from the underlying asphalt because of water intrusion during floods.

WARRENTON — Water and construction damage has closed the track at Warrenton Grade School to competitions, leaving the Warrenton-Hammond School District to find another venue for outdoor events.

Superintendent Mark Jeffery said the track, last refinished in the early 2000s, has had longstanding issues with water intrusion whenever a ditch on the east side of campus floods. The water fills into the space between the rubber surface and asphalt, causing bubbles around the track, along with potholes. About 30 yards of the western portion of the track surface had become detached from the asphalt. The problem got worse during the installation of several new modular classrooms over the summer.

“Moving those trucks in across that part of the track that was detached anyway finished it off pretty well,” Jeffery said.

Replacing the track would require going down to the base and building it back up. A similar project cost Neah-Kah-Nie School District around $500,000, Jeffery said.

“Short of a bond, that’s not going to happen,” he said.

The track will be available for practices, but the district will have to reschedule any home meets, Jeffery said. The district also needs to finish landscaping around the track to prevent the wash off of sand and dirt.

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