Mention the Circuit of the Americas race track, and you can expect a debate from all sides.
Public discussion over whether to widen and expand roads leading to the entrance of the COTA track was back on the table at Travis County Commissioners Court Tuesday. Commissioner Margaret Gomez is pushing a measure that has activists and former public officials weighing in.
Gomez wants the court to sign off on the Kellam Road project--a five lane, high-capacity road that would stretch three miles from COTA's north entrance to Highway 71.
"COTA did not ask me to do this," Gomez said.
The proposal will be up for more discussion next week. If approved, it’ll cost an estimated $33 million build the road.
"COTA is a for-profit venture for multimillionaires who went into this with their eyes wide open and who have already received enormous amounts of public funding," Susan Moffet, an area resident, said.
County Commissioners Bruce Todd and Ron Davis wants other taxing entities, like the city of Austin and maybe the state, to help pay for the stretch of road.
"The city, the state, the county has already given a considerable amount to this particular entity," former Commissioner Sarah Ekhardt said.
Gomez highlights problems of not modernizing a heavy traffic road.
"Mobility for residents and visitors will continue to be a problem," she said.
County Judge Sam Biscoe has said he does not support the measure.