Kansas Speedway Reconfiguration
Kansas City, KS
The state of Kansas had seen many years of consistently bad weather that noticeably took its toll on the Kansas Speedway. With the surface of the track declining at a much faster rate than usual, only lasting 11 years compared to the average span of 20 years, Kansas Speedway Corporation made the decision to repave and modify the existing speedway. Racing against time, Emery Sapp & Sons helped renovate the previously deteriorating 1.5-mile track by replacing the asphalt and increasing the banking angles across the corners. The pre-existing 15-degree banking system was fine graded to a new variable banking system ranging from 17-degrees to 20-degrees in the corners to support two- and three-line racing. The front stretch was re-graded to 10-degrees while the backstretch became 5.5-degrees. To make use of the large infield, Lane Construction, and ESS worked to build a 0.95-mile road course to support the arrival of the competitive GrandAm Sports Car Series, a first to Kansas Speedway. The intense project was completed in time before the start of the NASCAR season.
Owner Kansas Speedway Corporation
General Contractor Lane Construction Corporation
Civil Engineer HNTB Corporation
ESS Role Subcontractor
Project Duration 4 months
Scope of Work
During this project, ESS hauled a total of 95,906 square yards of track, apron, and road millings, excavated and cut to grade 41,930 cubic yards of material, and placed 16,931 linear feet of storm underdrains. In close cooperation with Lane Construction, 65,281 square yards of asphalt was placed.