Wider roads to F1 track not needed, of­fi­cials say

Work scaled back, but other ideas, routes pri­or­i­tized.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Farzad Mashhood fmash­hood@states­man.com states­man.com/for­mula1.

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

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ALBERTO MARTÍNEZ / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

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.

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