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Construction Begins On Austin's Formula One Site

F1 site
Photo by KUT News
A map shows where the F1 site will be in relation to the airport. Construction officially began yesterday.

Heavy machinery is breaking ground on a plot of land near the airport that will soon host F1 racers from around the world. AutoSport.com reports that race promoter Tavo Hellmund was there yesterday to oversee the official groundbreaking.

Although there is still plenty of work to do before the $250 million (USD) facility is ready for F1 cars, the fact that contractors are now on site and are beginning their initial work is a big boost for those who have worked hard in recent months to overcome the administrative hurdles. The track has been designed by F1 architect Hermann Tilke, and construction will be overseen by Dallas-based construction company Austin Commercial.

The Statesman's John Maher filed a report in today's paper, and produced this video of the construction.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at nbernier@kut.org. Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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