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School officials: New track too dangerous to be used

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A new track at Plainville High School is being called too dangerous to use by school officials. (WFSB) A new track at Plainville High School is being called too dangerous to use by school officials. (WFSB)
PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

A high school track built last spring is already bumpy and uneven, and too dangerous to use.

The track at Plainville High School was the newest addition to the school's athletic fields.

It is a $1.8 million track and turf field, complete with new signage, and was unveiled in the spring after one year of work.

In the fall, school officials said they realized something wasn’t quite right.

"All of a sudden, we were becoming aware of these bubbles that just came and went,” said Superintendent of Schools Maureen Brummett.

She said the track is too dangerous and it shouldn’t be used until the issue is resolved.

Officials are now trying to figure out why the track is bubbling.

An analysis was done to find out if it was a drainage issue, but the superintendent maintains the ground is fit to hold a track.

"Now, we're left scratching our heads about what could be the cause. Our theory now is that the installer didn't do a proper job,” Brummett said.

She will be meeting with the architect, contractor, and parties involved to see where they can go from here.

As it stands, students will not be able to use it for the upcoming track-and-field season, and they're hoping it will be okay to walk across on graduation.

"We're looking at a complete ripping up and re-installation, so we feel like this could be going on for quite some time,” Brummett said. "It's our hope that the responsible party would absorb all the fees.”

Eyewitness News reached out to the Cheshire-based track installation company for a comment, but has not heard back.

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