Completion of the long-awaited state-of-the-art all-weather track at Payson High School is just around the corner.
According to Payson Unified School District Superintendent Herb Weissenfels, phase one of the project is on track to be finished by July 5.
Phase one includes readying the 400-meter oval including the installation of curbing for the laying of the actual surface.
By mid-July, workers could have the all-weather surface in place. Following that, the new track would require a week-long period to cure and settle.
A new Payson High track has been in the works for more than a decade.
Last year, it appeared as if the facility was finally going to become a reality.
However, completion of the project was slowed when sewer lines and cables in the middle of the track had to be relocated. Those renovations upped the price tag of the track from original estimates of $200,000 to what Weissenfels estimates will be closer to $300,000.
When the project is finally competed, Payson is expected to have a topnotch athletic facility that could mark the return of track and field competition to the Rim country. Due to the deteriorating condition of the old track on the campus of the Payson High School, the school district has not hosted a large-scale meet in three years.
Veteran PHS track coach Chuck Hardt predicts the new facility also will allow the school to host regional and state meets as well as Junior Olympic competitions.
When not in use by school teams, the new track will be open to the community.