COTA traffic and parking

COTA traffic and parking

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The Formula 1 Race, one of the most anticipated events of the year in
Central Texas has come and gone. In Elroy for the most part everything
has gone according to plan.
The mood was vibrant in Elroy Sunday morning. Those who live near the
Circuit of The Americas wasted no time trying to make some cash off
the thousands of F1 fans flooding their streets. $20 was the average
to park in private lots. Vickie Gomez says in the last three days
about 60 cars parked at her property.

" We're getting to meet a lot of people from other places, other
countries, we're getting to do that," said Gomez.
One of those foreigners is Rodrigo Yescas who came from Mexico with
eight of his friends and family members to watch the race. They'll
have to walk from the property to the COTA entrance despite the "no
walking" signs along Elroy Rd.
"If you wanted to get parking inside the race, you have to buy some
kind of bundle and we didn't have access to buy it," said Yescas.
Throughout the day we spotted hundreds of people doing the same. Some
people were not only walking on the side of the road, but the road
itself.
Travis County Sheriff's Deputies say it's prohibited and pedestrians
could be cited.
It's so dangerous Phyllis Braxton has been giving people rides from a
parking lot to the COTA entrance in her own car.
"I just drop them off at the gate because you can't go in there if
you don't have a permit," said Braxton.
She says so far it's one of the only issues she's had with the event
this weekend in Elroy, and she says there's an easy solution. She says
sidewalks should be built for the next race.
"I hope they will before somebody gets hurt," she said. "I don't want
to see nobody get hit on these streets."
Not that walking on the street will keep any fans from attending.
Rodrigo and his family say they are already planning to be here next
year.
"From Mexico it's easier to come here than go to other places like
France or Germany," he said. Rodrigo says the people are also very
welcoming in Central Texas even down to the parking.
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