Last minute preps continue as race weekend nears

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News

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Posted on November 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 8:21 PM

ELROY -- You can see the Circuit of the Americas Tower, and a parking lot, from Steve Falkner's back yard.

Falkner says it was once nature. Now "It's no more nature. It's constant traffic. We've got the trucks everyday. One hundred trucks pass my house everyday."

He says he's been putting up with construction for the past two years. But now he's concerned about his future.

The City of Austin annexed Circuit of the Americas, but the county will still be responsible for the road that separates Falkner from the track.

"It's still a county road. The city didn't want it."

While work continues at Circuit of the Americas, planners are also getting ready for the more than 200,000 people expected to attend Fan Fest in Downtown Austin.

An F1 simulator car that will be on display downtown made a pit stop at Seton's UMC Brackenridge.

Seton will provide emergency care at Circuit of the Americas, as well as have a first aid tent downtown.

Landscaping, fencing and other exterior work continues at Circuit of the Americas.

Also drivers and Formula 1 teams have begun to arrive.

While one  sign on site welcomes visitors to a "World Class Performance and Innovation Center," it might signal an exit for neighbor Falkner.

Falkner has lived here for 20 years. He said, "We were going to try to save the house, but the noise and what not is probably going to run us off."

Falkner also concerned about a county ban on walking on sidewalks on the roads near his home.

 

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