The construction of the new track and field facility for the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Estevan is well underway.
The eight-lane rubber track will replace the previous six lane shale track at the Estevan Comprehensive School.
WSP Canada consulting engineer and project manager Ken Jacobs says that there will be a drainage system installed 1.2 metres below field elevation.
“Around the inside of the track, there will be a perimeter drain (storm sewer) with a number of catch basins to collect the surface drainage,” said Jacobs.
Pre-grading is underway, and will be finished before they embark on construction of the track. Jacobs said that that the equipment used is installed with a GPS so that the elevations are accurate.
“It’s important that we get the accuracy of the tolerances on the track surface all the way up so it makes it a consistent surface,” said Jacobs.
After the sub-grade, Jacobs said that there will be a non-woven geo-textile to separate the sub-grade from the gravel. There will be 300 millimetres of sub-base gravel, and 150 millimetres of granular base that will be applied next.
Once that is complete, Jacobs said the track will be ready for the 75 millimetres of asphalt and the 13 millimetres of rubber.
The company that will be responsible for installing the rubber to the track is Carpell Surfaces, which operates out of Quebec.
Jacobs said that the track should be finished by the end of the year, as he wants to start the asphalt process by mid-August.
Estevan 2016 Summer Games Committee chair Brian Smith said that the cost of the track facility is around $1.5 million.
Both Jacobs and Smith said much of the facility's cost is the asphalt and rubber surface, which are approximately $600,000 combined.
Outside of the track, there will be areas designated for other events, including a 20-metre by 20-metre high jump area; new sand pits for the jumping events; and sites for the shot put, discus and hammer throw, and javelin toss.
The field inside the track can still be used for football and soccer.
After the track is complete, bleachers will be installed, and a building will be constructed for the announcer's booth and storage.
Contractors for the track and field facility include Kelly Panteluk Construction, Glen Peterson Construction, Chamney Crushing and Souris Valley Paving.