Coastal Bend College President Dr. Thomas Baynum recently announced the temporary closure of the walking trail on the Beeville campus beginning on Monday, Sept. 12.
Work on the 1.5-mile track will immediately commence. The $182,000 project, approved by the Board of Trustees during the August board meeting, includes regrading, resurfacing and hydromulching the track.
“We’ve repaired the equipment and signs over the years but we really need to redo it entirely,” said CBC Dean of Administrative Services Ruth Cude. Exercise stations and signage, spaced around the trail, will be repaired or replaced for usability, safety and aesthetics.
The plan is to have old asphalt removed and recycled. Cude said that while neither the college nor the contractor will make a profit from the materials, it is the right thing to do for the environment. It will be replaced by a contemporary base that is more flexible and reduces soil erosion.
The area will be off limits for a few months for safety reasons. Access points along the trail will warn visitors to avoid the site and patrons should stay away until the rededication later this year.
The trail was installed in December 1986, according to college records.