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By Brittany Goncar
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Brentwood Football Stadium turf is ready for play, but the new track won't be finished for the start of the school year as planned.

The six-lane, 400-meter track at Brentwood Park now will be ready by about the end of September, Councilman John Frombach said Tuesday night. Inclement weather has caused delays in the $8 million park overhaul. Council on Tuesday voted to continue with the installation of the track.

The district leases the field from the borough for various activities. The delay will cause some scheduling conflicts for soccer, cross-country, and junior varsity football, said Rick Huffman, Brentwood Borough School District athletic director.

The varsity football team's first home game on Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. against Serra Catholic and should not be affected by the installation, which will begin the week after when the football team is on the road.

Once the asphalt is in place for the track, there is a 15-day curing period before the surface can be installed. Laying the track surface could take an extra 10 days, officials said.

Heavy rain in recent weeks has slowed installation of the track, said Jim Sauer, president of J.T.Sauer & Associates, an engineering and design firm based in Washington County. The borough retained the firm to design the park plans.

“We kind of all knew that there was going to be some inconvenience involved. There's always inconvenience involved when there's progress,” Huffman said. “It's all going to be good in the end.”

Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or at Staff writer Stephanie Hacke contributed to this report.

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