AUSTIN KXAN - Travis County Commissioners will consider spending taxpayer money Tuesday to widen Elroy Road near the Circuit of the Americas race track.
During their regular meeting they are expected to hear what it will cost to expand the road to four lanes.
After they hear the cost commissioners will then need to figure out how to pay for the road.
The road expansion encompasses a one mile stretch between McAngus and Kellam Roads as well as extending Kellam - otherwise referred to as COTA Boulevard nearly two miles to State Highway 71.
"It is not for the neighborhood, it is not for emergency services, it is not for any other reason then to park cars at the race track," said Cathy Olive, President Elroy Neighborhood Association.
Cathy Olive has lived along Elroy Road for 30 years and doesn't like the idea of helping foot the bill for a road expansion project she believes will only benefit the race track.
"The Travis County taxpayers do not need to be burdened with having to pay to get cars into the racetrack, it's not our responsibility," said Olive.
Last month at the commissioners meeting the Travis County Emergency Services Fire Chief said the road was needed for public safety.
"Whether or not COTA was there, whether or not it was pre-2007, more roads will help us meet the needs of our community, without a doubt," said Chief Bailey, "The more roads you build, the better we are, with the development that is coming into southeast Travis County."
Estimates for the road widening have been predicted to be anywhere from $12 to $20 million.
A price tag Cathy would like the county and city to pick up.
"This proposal isn't for the neighborhood it's for the race track," said Olive.
Typically when dealing with major road construction projects the county turns to voter approved bonds to pay for it.
But that is not an option with this project within the time frame county officials would like it constructed.
Commissioners are also hoping the city of Austin, which annexed the track area will help pay for it.
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