There have been many questions raised about the plans and preparations for the Austin USGP. This is understandable. However, apparently the plans are very mature as evidenced by the pictures below. I have a few first impressions: 1.The plans are very mature and complete; 2. The concerns over the floodplain and the environmental impact of the development have been brilliantly considered; 3. There is evidence that the design team have employed local experts familiar with the environmental requirements; 4. The location of the gas pipelines have been identified and plans are to relocate them.
For those of us who favor the development this is very good news. To those who oppose the development, the news is also good in that the developers are very aware of the environmental concerns. They have taken the proper measures to mitigate the damage and to provide a very eco friendly solution by developing the wetlands and encouraging the propagation of plants and animals.
My thanks to Vance Facundo and his efforts. His group, Friends of Formula 1 Austin, can be found here http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Friends-of-Formula-1-Austin-Texas/157330087614878. Sportsman and I will have further comments after we have had a chance to digest the blueprints.
The initial construction sequence with emphasis on the protection and improvement of existing vegatation.
This is a plan of one circuit entrance at FM 812 with modifications to the current road.
It is obvious they are aware of the exact location of the pipelines and that they are to be relocated.
This is a list of plants that are to be used to adapt the floodplain into a natural wetlands.
Section Detail of a typical wet pond structure.