Mosley High School’s new bus loop won’t be finished on time and it all comes down to the asphalt
"It was fine for automobiles and students going 5 and 10 miles an hour, but for a bus making turns and weighing 10 times what a car weighs, it wasn't going to work,” said Bay District Schools Facilities Director John Bozarth.
The bus loop has to be moved to make room for the new multi-million dollar fine arts center, but adding a thicker layer of asphalt is taking longer than expected.
"They are working pretty fast on getting it together but asphalt paving is not an overnight thing, the preparation being the long lead time,” said Bozarth.
The new bus loop won't be ready before school starts.
"So we have a plan B and we're going to use that part of the old bus loop that doesn't intersect with this new construction site, for the fine arts center,” said Bozarth.
At Tuesday's school board meeting, board members approved the maximum price contract for the $6.38 million arts center.
"The auditorium itself is outfitted with the latest and greatest electronic sound systems, theatrical lighting, control systems, acoustical deadening, the stage is much larger than we had first planned to do,” said Bozarth.
Tuesday's board approval of the price contract means construction on the facility could start as early as tomorrow.
"It's really going to be nice. It's going to be one of the nicest buildings we've ever put up,” said Bozarth.
The district expects the new bus loop to be done about two weeks after school starts. School traffic should not be impacted by the construction of the arts center.
Once the actual construction begin, it will take about a year from start to finish, meaning the new facility should be open around the beginning of the next school year.
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