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Work Progressing On All-Weather Track
Construction Superintendent John Friend guides the trough of a cement truck as it dumps the last bit of concrete in a low spot on the track in Riverbank High Schools stadium, part of construction of the new all-weather track there. Friend pointed out the low spot has to be filled, but can not be excavated with equipment first, since power cables that connect the light towers are underneath the surface. He said once the ground is leveled, the sub surface will go in, followed by the new track. Ric McGinnis/The News


With the end of the school year now past, work continues in earnest at Riverbank High School’s Angelo Novi Stadium on a new all-weather track.

C.T. Brayton, of Escalon, is the contractor in charge of construction, with John Friend the company’s superintendent. This past week, there was activity on nearly all parts of the field, from the French drain in the northeast corner of the field, near Patterson Road, across the football surface and on all four sides of the running surface.

Those who might peek in on the project will notice about half the grass surface has been removed so that both the inside and outside edges of the track can be replaced, along with all the dirt in between. New curbs are being built and subsurface being prepared.

Friend said that the edges of the football surface will be re-sodded as construction is completed.

He noted that his company is employing local subcontractors like the Oakdale company that is hauling dirt, and the company providing concrete.

It is hoped that the work will be done in time for the beginning of football season in the fall.