Wider roads to F1 track not needed, officials say
Work scaled back, but other ideas, routes prioritized.
To accommodate an influx of thousands of cars during major events like the Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Elroy, officials originally agreed in May to expand roads in the area, including the creation of a pair of four-lane roads on the north side of the track.
Now officials with the county and circuit are recommending scaling back those expansions, estimated to have cost $9 million to $10 million.
“It’s just not worth the cost,” said Steve Manilla, the county’s transportation executive. “Kellam (Lane), for example, was underutilized. Most of the people came in (for the F1 race) from FM 812 side.”
Race-day traffic around the track was jammed. Traffic on FM 812 was moving so slowly, for example, that to travel about one mile from Elroy Road to the track entrance Get the latest news on Formula One in Austin at
Travis County crews work Monday on softening the shoulders of Elroy Road near the intersection with Kellam Road. County and Circuit of the Americas officials are recommending scaling back road-widening projects near the circuit.