AUSTIN (KXAN) - On Tuesday David Heine was slowly racing to cover a feeding trough for his sick horse on his land at the intersection of Elroy Road and the road named after his family, Heine Farm Road.
As of now traffic on the small two-lane road that separates his property from the proposed Formula 1 race track property isn't that bad, but Heine knows that will change in a few years when more than 100,000 people are expected to flood the area for the yearly F1 race.
"A total parking lot -- worse than [Interstate] 35 on the way to Round Rock at 5:30 in the afternoon," Heine said.
In fact, Travis County officials said if nothing is done to Elroy Road it could take 12 hours to clear the area of race fans.
"It's going to be challenging and there's going to be a lot of traffic," said Formula One attorney Richard Suttle.
A Travis County report recommended expanding the road from its current two lanes to four lanes. One lane would be reserved for shuttle buses and mass transit, and the other additional lane would be used for by emergency vehicles.
The county said those improvements would cost about $6 million. Travis County Commissioners want Formula One to pay for it.
On Tuesday Suttle presented another, alternative plan to Travis County Commissioners.
According to the Formula One plan, expansion of the road would not be needed. Through contraflow lanes and other traffic management plans, Suttle said they've cut the time to clear the race track down to about 3 1/2 hours.
But Suttle said Formula One is open to discussing the county's plan.
"The Formula One guys are making a huge investment in this and hoping it's going to be successful. The last thing that they want is a complete break down in the traffic," Suttle said.
In the end, commissioners took no action except to continue traffic management talks in more detail during another Commissioner's Court meeting in January.
Back in Elroy, Heine said no matter what they decide, come race week, it's not going to be easy to get around, but he's got a plan to take care of that.
"I'm planning my vacations around the F1 races," Hinie said.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.