Watkins Glen Track Rehabilitation

Project Highlights:

  • Edge Drain installation and associated drainage improvements
  • 50,500 square yards of racing track cold-milled to an average depth of 3.5 inches
  • In limited sections (44,000 square yards) the track was cold-milled to an average depth of 7 inches
  • 10-inch concrete patches located in the race track curves were removed and disposed of off-site. Compacted subgrade in these areas and replaced with asphalt base course

What We Did

Watkins Glen International is a world-famous road racing course that hosts NASCAR and Indy Racing League sanctioned events. Last resurfaced in 1998, the track is 3.4 miles long over rolling terrain and consists of a front straightaway, back straight away, and 11 turns. Banking in the turns ranges from 6 to 10 degrees. The racing surface width varies from 36 to 48 feet wide in the turns and 36 feet wide in the straightaways. It was critical that the track's geometric characteristics — banking, hinge points, pavement width — be maintained to preserve the venue's historic identity.

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High-Performance Paving

When millions of dollars are riding on the line, racing bodies and automotive manufacturers alike turn to Ajax Paving. Thanks to our highly experienced crews and the most advanced equipment in the industry, we can meet specifications for consistency to fractions of an inch across miles of track. Ajax Paving is one of two road construction companies in the nation to make the cut by NASCAR®. Their high-power race cars can go over 200 mph, so track surface quality and precision are essential for victory and driver safety. Fans can catch our work on race days at Michigan International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, and Watkins Glen International. Additionally, Ajax is always on the shortlist for precision paving projects for automakers. Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Fiat Chrysler Automotive, and Toyota Motor Corporation have all trusted Ajax to help them build proving grounds to test their next generation of cars, trucks, and SUVs.
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