Construction continues on roads near Formula 1 track

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and Photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on October 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 7:34 AM

ELROY, Texas -- Construction continues on roads surrounding Circuit of the Americas.

On FM 812, the Texas Department of Transportation says routine maintenance was scheduled by the county, but knowing a high volume of traffic was on it's way, a spokesperson says they did a full-depth repair of the shoulder all the way from U.S. 183 to the Bastrop County line.

Circuit of the Americas, or COTA, is responsible for traffic control and hiring enforcement during races. COTA has a transportation plan, and officials say they will release additional details soon.

One of the projects COTA is working on is the expansion of Kellam Road to Pearce Lane.

Of course construction projects can be a burden to people who live along the roads.

Wayne Manuel lives on Kellam off Elroy. "I'm like a prisoner in my own yard," he said.

He says in order to extend Kellam, crews have made the road in front of his home impassable.

"My neighbors tried to get in over here a couple of weeks ago when it rained. I had to pull them out with my tractor," he said.

Manuel says he even got stuck this past Saturday following the rain.

Circuit of the Americas' traffic plan says it will allow neighbors to get in and out at will, but Manuel says he hasn't heard from anyone and doesn't know how that's possible.

"I'm not going anywhere. I'm gonna buy enough food for three or four days, and I'm going to stay right here," Manuel said.

He says he has plans to move to avoid future events.

However people across Austin are going to have to watch out for road closures and traffic. A big part of COTA's transportation plan involves shuttle service to the Expo Center and downtown.

If you did buy tickets and want to buy a parking pass, they are still available, however, they do cost around $200. You can find tickets at www.circuitoftheamericas.com.

 

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