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Race track noise still bothering some Elroy residents

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Cathy Olive's house is right behind the new "Circuit of the Americas" Formula 1 track in Elroy. She says she and her neighbors thought they would just be dealing with the noise once a year.

"We weren't opposed to the race track because we thought it was gonna be one race a year. They didn't tell us it was gonna be four! Nor did they tell us that they were going to be running cars Monday through Sunday," Olive said.

She says this week it's been starting around 8 in the morning.

"Well the windows rattle, it's difficult to hear TV, you have to turn the TV up louder. I read a lot, it's just really annoying, It's like being in a bee hive," Olive said.

She feels traffic and police protection will be an issue when live concerts start at Circuit of the Americas this spring.

Jimmy Hastings lives by the track as well but he's not having a major problem with it.

"With the hill we've got back here you can hear some noise but it's not as bad as what we thought it would be. Only on race days when they've got the big cars out there, it's a little noisy," Hastings said.

A track representative issued the following statement:

"Circuit of the Americas complies with the city's ordinances related to maximum decibel levels at our events. We are in the business of motorsports and entertainment, and events hosted at the Circuit will inherently come with different levels of noise. We will continue to comply with the city's mandated noise levels for all events." -- Ali Putnam, Media & Community Relations Manager

Cathy Olive also says a local realtor recently had some bad news for Elroy homeowners due to the track.

"He said their phones aren't ringing, nobody's calling, nobody's interested. And he thinks that for all of the homeowners out here, we're gonna have a tough time selling our property," Olive said.

We also spoke with a man by phone who says he's less upset with the noise of the track and more upset about the noise that came with TxDOT's restructuring of 821 when the track was built.

He says they made the road narrower and now he hears a thumping noise from the cars outside 24/7.

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