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TRAVIS COUNTY, TEXAS – Workers have been called back to the Austin Formula 1 race track work site and construction has resumed after reports raised questions about the future of the project.
For weeks work had come to a virtual standstill at the Austin Circuit of the Americas. But today, dozens of work trucks and earth movers could be seen at the site.
Construction slowed last month and eventually came to a halt after reports surfaced that workers and contractors were not being paid and they stopped showing up for work. Then reports surfaced that the Formula One track’s current managers and promoters were on the way out.
The building foundations are expected to begin in a week and a half and additional soil is being trucked into the site in order to complete fill work for the track itself.
They are expected to start laying asphalt will in December.
Construction manager Max Chapman told the Austin-American Statesman, “It was going great guns for a while. For the last couple weeks, until we got our bookwork done, it was a trickle, and it slowed almost to a stop the last three or four days.”
The first U.S. Grand Prix race is scheduled for next November 18, 2012.