Repaving Project Is Boon For Upstate New York Work Force

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Watkins Glen International has announced that Ajax Paving Industries, Inc. has been named the lead contractor in charge of spearheading the historic road course’s repave in 2015.  Ajax brings a wealth of experience to the project having also completed work at Phoenix International Raceway and Michigan International Speedway. 

The massive undertaking of repaving the 3.4 mile racetrack means a boon for the upstate New York work force.  More than 50 jobs totaling 10,000-plus labor hours will fall to local workers.  Additionally, approximately $3.3 million in locally sourced materials will be used during the repave.    

Those numbers include:
• 25,000 tons of asphalt
• 27,000 gallons of bituminous tack coat
• 7,000 tons of aggregate
• 2,500 tons of concrete

The amount of asphalt used during the repave of the track would be the equivalent of paving a 22 mile 2-lane highway at a thickness of 1.5 inches.  However, this is no standard roadway.  The four asphalt mixtures that will be used on the project are based on specifications that have been used and proven successful at racetracks throughout the country.  Specially-formulated polymer asphalt binders and high quality aggregates are used in the mixture to enhance pavement performance and withstand the rigors of daily track usage from April through October annually.

The repave will begin with “The Boot” in July, followed by the short course immediately following the Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, August 6-9.

This project is supported by a grant awarded to Watkins Glen International by New York State’s Empire State Development and the I ♥ NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America. Tickets for the 2015 season are on sale now.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 866.461.RACE and online at www.TheGlen.com.

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