A ground-breaking ceremony at the high school football field last week marked the start of the construction phase for planned upgrades to school athletic facilities.
Three projects are now underway: replacement and upgrade of the six tennis courts, replacement and upgrade of the high school track surface, and replacement of the stadium field's natural turf with a new artificial turf surface. As part of the project, the main field's perimeter fencing will also be replaced.
Guerrera Construction of Oxford was awarded the contract for the project for a bid of $1,684,000.
The electors of the Town of Old Saybrook last fall approved $1.75 million in bonding to pay for the design and construction work associated with the three athletic facility projects.
The construction work means that most of the land behind the Old Saybrook High School building will be off-limits to the public this summer for safety reasons. A portion of the parking lot areas behind the high school also will be used as staging and storage areas, making them unavailable for vehicle parking.
The construction project will continue into the early fall. Given the start date for the work, Superintendent of Schools Jan Perruccio anticipates that the first home-field football game on the new artificial turf will occur in October 2014.