Road worries surrounding F1 track


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on March 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 12 at 6:00 PM

AUSTIN --- Travis County Commissioners will be briefed by Circuit of the Americas Tuesday on the status of the Formula One track in Elroy. That could shed some light on what’s next for the project. 

Assistant County Attorney Tom Nuckols told KVUE News that commissioners questioned where the project stood and want to know what more has to be done.
“For an event of this size you want to make sure that all of that planning is done far enough in advance, so all the measures that need to be implemented and all of the steps that need to be taken can be accomplished before race day,” said Nuckols.
Nuckols also said that the law requires businesses to come up with a public safety and traffic plan for the county before commissioners can give F1 a mass gathering permit. The permit is required for any event with 2,500 people or more for at least five hours.
“We got roads so bad you can't do 15, 20 miles over because they've got such big humps,” said Elroy resident Stephen Baren.
In January a Travis County engineer told KVUE that the sorts of improvements needed out on roads leading to and from the F1 track would take 18 months from beginning to end to complete.
The Circuit of the Americas event is expected to start this November, eight months away.
“It's not their fault. It's not them that's going to come out here it's the commissioner's court and the city getting their act together and get the roads together before they even allowed this to come,” added Baren.
A spokesperson for Circuit of the Americas said they are working with the county to get the required elements for the mass gathering permit and said it takes time with very large projects like this one to gather all the information required by officials.