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The Shawnee News-Star
  • School district to complete track

  • Since the Shawnee School District halted construction on its Jim Thorpe Track four years ago, and entered into litigation in February 2012, track development has been in limbo. In a special session Thursday, the Board of Education took action to complete the project.
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  • Since the Shawnee School District halted construction on its Jim Thorpe Track four years ago, and entered into litigation in February 2012, track development has been in limbo. In a special session Thursday, the Board of Education took action to complete the project.
    The project, which garnered three contractor bids, was awarded to Fisher Tracks in the amount of $279,948. Superintendent Dr. Marc Moore noted preparatory work is required, however, before concluding work can begin.
    “It’s really in two parts. The first part will be Silver Star Construction,” he said. “They will be doing some milling, a proof-roll test, repairing some of the areas that show weakness and the asphalt overlay.”
    Moore said there is no confirmed start date for that first part, but work is expected to begin in two to three weeks. Once Silver Star Construction is finished, the asphalt will cure for a 28-day period.
    “Immediately following, Fisher will come in and will install the rubberized track surface,” Moore explained of the layered process.
    The superintendent said the construction, from start to completion, is about a two-month process.
    In August 2010, Homeland General Contractors began construction on the track. Subcontractors were unable to complete construction due to track irregularities that departed from the contract’s strictures, according to a lawsuit. Similar issues arose in 2011 and the district ultimately filed a lawsuit against the American Safety Casualty Insurance Company, bond insurer for the track’s construction.
    Moore said there are no public litigation updates, but expressed enthusiasm is the project’s current progress.
    “The board and administration are both very pleased to have a completed track that will serve our students,” he said.

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