Update: Soddy Daisy High School now has a new track
UPDATE (July 15th):
The new track at Soddy Daisy High School is now complete.
The previous concrete track has now been replaced with a rubber surface.
A Hamilton County School Spokesperson tells us the track is open to the public.
The track construction at Central and Brainerd High Schools fell behind due to the weather in the spring, but they are expected to be completed by track season.
Depend on us to keep you posted.
After years of discussion, Soddy Daisy High School is getting a new track.
"This track project has been talked about up there at Soddy Daisy High School for over 10 years," said Hamilton County District 1 commissioner Randy Fairbanks.
After three years of serious talks, it's a reality. Everyone who will benefit from the new track can't wait for its completion.
"Yes. Finally," junior track and field athlete Kelsey Henderson said after finding out about the renovation.
"I'm a junior this year. So I get to take advantage of it next year."
"It's going to help us look first rate," said Soddy-Daisy High School principal Steve Henry.
Construction of the track started on April 16. The new track will expand from six lanes to eight and a pole vaulting pit is being added. It will be 100 percent rubber.
The old track was in use since 1983. It had asphalt and concrete. The problems started piling up.
"That track is just so bad for your feet and your knees," Henderson said.
"It just gives you shin splints and it just hurts like all the time."
"I wouldn't let my kid walk on it really much less try to run," said Trojan Fund chairman Steve Slater.
"It's just too dangerous."
The Hamilton County commission approved the new track with a budget of $900,000.
"It's going to create an opportunity for us to host things," said Henry.
He hopes the new track will lead to hosting events like regional track meets, senior and special Olympics. About 6,400 students in the county will have access to the new track.
"It is truly a community track. This thing will be used by all of my schools up in District 1," Fairbanks said.
The track is expected to be ready by the first football game next school year.