TALLADEGA, AL (WBRC) - It may have been pouring rain Wednesday, but the weather hasn’t affected any of the construction going on at the Talladega Superspeedway. Phase one of Talladega’s Transformation Project is currently underway.
It’s a much needed facelift racing legends Donnie Allison and Red Farmer are glad to finally see happen, especially after racing at Talladega for 50 years.
“Everyone’s going to appreciate that tunnel," 3-time NASCAR Late Model Sports Champion Red Farmer said.
“It’s going to make a world of difference, I promise you," added Donnie Allison with The Alabama Gang.
After 35 trailer loads of hauling concrete arches, Talladega’s new oversized tunnel in Turn 3 is starting to come together. The two-lane tunnel, which is part of a $50 million transformation project at the Speedway, will allow fans RV’s and truck drivers hauling racecars direct access to the infield without having to cross the track.
“Sometimes, they would sit there for 6, 8 hours waiting to get home because there was another race going on. Now, they can just load up and drive right on out there, it’s going to be a blessing,” Farmer said.
Building the tunnel has been the biggest challenge of this project so far. Construction crews have removed 60,000 cubic yards of soil and have pumped out more than 20 million gallons of water from under the tunnel.
“The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they’ve done to keep that tunnel from floating up from the earth is remarkable,” said Speedway Chairman Grant Lynch.
Construction of the new tunnel and premium RV lot is on schedule and will be complete before the Geico 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race in April.