The new high school athletics track could be ready this spring

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Work continues on a new eight-lane running track and synthetic turf sports field at Great Lakes High School in Sarnia. Tara Jeffrey

Tara Jeffrey

The long-delayed athletics track at Great Lakes High School could be ready this spring – weather permitting.

“Right now we’re pushing for an early June completion date,” said Brian McKay, business superintendent for the Lambton Kent District School Board.

“So if athletics events are held in June, the hope is that the track will be completed.”

The $5.4 million project includes an eight-lane running track and the council’s first-ever artificial turf sports field. Work began nearly a year ago and was due to open last fall, but inclement weather and shipping delays impacted the installation of the track’s synthetic rubber surface.

“The final surface of the track is a poured surface, so for it to harden we need four to five days of nice, warm spring temperatures – at night as well,” McKay said, noting that the explosion of the Last week’s winter was another setback.

“So that’s what we expect. It could happen in May.

The new athletics track will replace the East Street track, which is to be demolished to make way for a new helipad at Bluewater Health.

A recent update from Lambton County Council on the $900,000 helipad has arrived with an expected completion date of August.

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