Lexmark Indy 300 Circuit Under Construction
Work is underway on the Lexmark Indy 300 street circuit for the October 19 to 22 event, with this year's construction schedule including a revamped spectator area in Surfers Paradise, a new pedestrian bridge and increased safety fencing.
Fans will benefit from a new V8 Supercar merchandise area to be located in the Cypress Avenue car park precinct at the southern end of the track in Surfers Paradise.
This fan area will be supplemented by a go-kart track and a big screen to make it another major hub of entertainment.
Access to this V8 Supercar merchandise area will be streamlined with the construction of a new pedestrian bridge to cross over the race track from Cypress Avenue to the inside of the track.
Here there will be a range merchandisers, a showcase of Australian Defense Force artillery vehicles, equipment and recruitment displays, plus some new amenities to be finalized shortly.
The construction of the Lexmark Indy 300 circuit includes:
- 8 bridges;
- 2515 concrete barriers - four tones each. Delivered to the circuit six barriers at a time on semi-trailers;
- 29 grandstands; 10km of debris fencing;
- 16km of security fencing placed;
- Approximately 100km of cabling and 6000 man hours of electrical reticulation required to install a. large-scale power and telecommunications system;
- Approximately 420 temporary structures - more than 100 hard-wall portable buildings are used for team and administration needs, approximately 190 temporary buildings are used for facilities including the event Media Centre, Medical sites, Merchandise Sales and Emergency Services, more than 140 corporate suites are furnished catering for groups of 10 to 70 people per day.
The Lexmark Indy 300 street circuit is an international leader in motor racing safety standards, and one of the major advancements over the past few years has been an increase in double height debris fencing.
This year there will be 1,157 panels of double height debris fencing positioned around the 4.47km circuit in high impact areas, 203 panels more than last year.
Gold Coast based engineering company Hyder Weathered Howe has overseen the extensive building procedure since the first Event in 1991, annually reviewing, modifying and improving the plans to position the Lexmark Indy 300 as a world-leading circuit.
To facilitate the construction of the circuit, a traffic initiative introduced in 1999 will continue this year to reduce traffic delays.
Two traffic lanes will remain open on the Gold Coast Highway at all times with the speed limit on the southbound side reduced from 70km/h to 50km/h during the construction process.