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COTA: Traffic won’t be as chaotic as predicted in Elroy

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Bobby Epstein, the Chairman of The Circuit of the Americas says traffic won't be as chaotic as predicted come race weekend.

Epstein says they are prepared for the 17,000 cars that will park near the track a number way lower than other big successful events.

Approximately 300,000 people are expected here in downtown Austin next week for all the F1 festivities. It will be a traffic nightmare. But Epstein says it won't be anything like that out in Elroy.

FM 812 runs in front of the Circuit of the Americas in Elroy. The two lane road has already been repaved to four.

A new road nearby, Kellam, is expected to be finished Wednesday. Just two improvements that Epstein, says will drive traffic faster in Elroy.

"We've got a lot more lanes and you've got a very thorough traffic plan," said Epstein.

Epstein says 17,000 cars are expected to park near the track. He says that's not a lot compared to other well-known events.

"I think what people should compare it too is not necessarily something that has a definite ending time. You have to look at what happens at Fair Park for Texas OU weekend. You have 200,000 people going and they're all finding make shift parking places there and our situation is a lot better here," said Epstein.

This past weekend's formula run created a traffic nightmare with 5,000 participants at the race track.

County officials say there wasn't much planning for that. But with 120,000 expected for next week's formula one race, planning started two years ago.

Travis County Traffic Engineer, David Greear, shows us the updated traffic control plan.

"It is going to be a mess. We anticipate a three hour traffic delay for getting in and out which is actually pretty typical for a Formula One race around the world," said Greear.

Greear says don't use GPS because it will direct you to FM 812 only.

Depending on your ticket, the map that comes with it, directs you how to best get to COTA and where to park.

State Highway 130 is another highway that will get drivers to COTA.

For Austinites going to the race, Greear says, the best thing to do is to park at the Travis County Expo Center and take the shuttle to the track. That shuttle location will be a lot less crowded than the downtown one.

Epstein says COTA has enough room to expand but he did not say when that would happen.

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