The six-lane Curtis Elder Track and Field at CHS is too small for the high school to host meets. An eight-lane track is scheduled to open in the same location in 2018. Credit: Credit: Josh Mandell, Charlottesville Tomorrow
The Charlottesville High School track will be closed to the public starting Tuesday to undergo a long-awaited renovation. 
The $2.05 million track replacement project will enable CHS to host track and meets by expanding the current track from six to eight lanes and adding new bleachers and restrooms. The school last hosted a meet in 2010. 
Charlottesville City Schools spokeswoman Beth Cheuk said the division is targeting an August opening for the new track and field facility.
Work on the new track was delayed for a year after two unsuccessful requests for contracting proposals by the city of Charlottesville. No contractors submitted bids for the project when it was first advertised in April 2017, and bids received in the fall came in over the project’s original budget of $1.67 million. 
In February, the Charlottesville City Council appropriated an additional $425,000 for the track project from the City’s CIP contingency fund and its Schools Capital Projects Lump Sum account. The city awarded the contract to Jamerson-Lewis Construction, of Lynchburg, later that month.
Work on two more city recreation projects is underway nearby in McIntire Park. A $2.08 million skate park is currently under construction, and a pedestrian bridge is being installed across the railroad tracks in McIntire Park.

Josh Mandell

Josh Mandell graduated from Yale in 2016 and has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association with five awards for education writing, health, science and environmental writing and multimedia reporting.