Road America To Remove Bridge and Add Tunnel
Elkhart Lake, Wis., December 14, 2006-Elkhart Lake's Road America, Inc. has begun a significant construction project which includes the addition of a new tunnel to the paddock and the removal of the Bill Mitchell bridge. The project, which will be completed by May 2007, is part of the track's long-range facility improvement plan.
The new tunnel is located approximately 100 yards south of the farmhouse office, and provides access to the paddock between turns 13 and 14. Designed to accommodate two lanes of vehicle traffic and two pedestrian walkways, the tunnel has a 16.5' clearance and is 36 feet wide and 168 feet long. McMahon and Associates of Neenah, Wisconsin, designed the tunnel and is serving as general contractor. The tunnel's unique pre-cast concrete roofing structure enabled the tunnel to be located in this desirable location near the farmhouse office and Gate 1. When completed, the tunnel will be the main entrance point into the paddock and will be a dramatic landmark at the historic track. A grand opening celebration will occur during the AMA Suzuki Superbike Championship weekend, May 31-June 3, 2007, in conjunction with an official sponsor entitlement.
The goal of the project is to enhance the racing experience for spectators and competitors. In addition to better paddock access, removal of the Bill Mitchell Bridge will create a new viewing area for spectators and provide better track logistics for racecars and motorcycles.
Road America is a 628-acre, year-round motorsports facility entering its 52nd season of racing. Its 2007 schedule includes eight major racing events and series such as AMA Pro Racing, American Le Mans, and Champ Car. In addition to major world-class racing events, Road America offers the Suzuki Supermoto School, corporate ATV and karting programs, and top-of-the-line hospitality. For more information visit www.roadamerica.com or call 800/365-7223.
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