AUSTIN (KXAN) - A fight is building over whether to use your tax dollars for a road near the Circuit of the Americas race track. Travis County Commissioners are considering a project to expand Elroy Road between McAngus and Kellam Road.
Commissioners pushed back the vote for another two weeks. They expect at that point to have an estimate on the costs for the road project.
Cathy Olive has lived on Elroy Rd. for three decades. She would love to see it widened, but she's not so sure about the timing.
"That road has always needed to be widened. It's need to be widened for 30 years. So, to say that it's for the neighborhood is kind of an insult.," Olive said.
The project commissioners are considering would make Elroy Rd. four lanes between McAngus and Kellam. A half dozen homes are on the stretch of road. Olive says that's just not enough to justify that the road work is for the residents.
"It's for Circuit of the Americas. Because, where they're widening it is just up to their second main gate," said Olive.
Fire Chief Ken Bailey with Travis County Emergency Services said at Tuesday's meeting it's a public safety matter.
"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."
Olive wants the track to foot the bill--and maybe even the city of Austin to pitch in, saying a wider road won't be bringing big bucks to their area.
"Look at all of the other race tracks in America. They do not have shopping centers and motels around them. The shopping centers and motels and restaurants are five or ten miles down the road," Olive said.
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