An Olympic-class running track completed by Ranger‘s South Division this Olympic year crossed the finish line right on schedule and will let athletes chase world record times when the facility opens in January.
At the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, the running surface laid by Ranger will join a short list of exacting venues that qualify for world track and field events. Some 1,600 tons of specialty asphalt went into the 400-meter long multi-lane running track and six full-size basketball courts also built to high technical standards at the complex.
No less demanding were Ranger South’s other recently completed projects. These included laying 7,000 tons of asphalt in a toll plaza at the junction of Sawgrass Expressway/I-75 and I-595 on the west side of Broward County.
In Boca Raton, the division completed paving work on Lee Street, the main roadway through the campus of Florida Atlantic University. The project was bid and completed in sections over the last couple of years, eventually totaling $4.7 million in contract work.
Ranger South also paved a “Park ‘N’ Go” lot close to I-595 and the Ft. Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport. More than 1,400 tons of asphalt capped the project, which included soil stabilization and drainage work.
Ongoing projects include a $7.2 million reconstruction of University Drive in Coral Springs, a three-mile-long project. Two miles of Powerline Road in Pompano Beach also are being paved; when the paver finally is hauled off that job in January, some 11,000 tons of asphalt will have been laid. And in Wellington, Ranger South will surface a 43,000-sq.-yd. parking lot adjacent to the Mall at Wellington Green.
At Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport, a Ranger South crew is widening and improving a taxiway under a $9 million contract. The work is delicate because of a high volume of air traffic, with much of the taxiway surfacing being done at night.
In Miami-Dade County, the division is about a third of the way through a $6.7 million reconstruction of NE 2nd Avenue. This involves rebuilding a roadway, demolishing a bridge over a canal, shoring up canal walls while the waterway is deepened and building a new bridge.
In September, Ranger South began a $6 million road and bridge project across the Okeechobee Canal at NW 72nd Avenue. The structure will create another connection between the cities of Hialeah and Medley.