West, TX — Repairs and improvements are now underway at the West ISD football stadium.
Following the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion, the football field was temporarily used as a triage. But, now it must be completely redone so that it can be utilized for football in the fall. Experts on bio-hazardous materials have already searched and looked over the field several times.
On Tuesday, crews began pulling up the grass, and they will continue to do so for the next day or so. About four inches of soil has to be taken up before the sod installation takes place next week.
Early last month, West ISD announced a change in their original rennovation plans to build a new artificial turf football field, after receiving a critical letter from local U.S. Congressman Bill Flores.
Concerns of scattered medical equipment and bodily fluids in the grass were just a couple reasons to replace the field with a new artificial field. Another big reason for replacement was because two other practice fields were destroyed by the explosion. This field now remains the district’s sole football field.
The original cost was estimated at $900,000 dollars. But, by not going that route anymore, the district will save money.
In Flores’ letter to the district, he stated that a cheaper alternative would be wise, and that original costs could hurt the school district’s standing with FEMA.
Work on the field is expected to be completed within the next two weeks. School officials anticipate it will be ready to use when school starts back in the fall.