Branson to get Nascar style racetrack?

Despite strong opposition, a controversial

racetrack might open someday in the Ozarks.

The Taney County Planning Commission on Monday approved a permit

for the $250 million NASCAR-style track on 800 acres south of


However, the approval came with several conditions. Developer

Russell Cook will be required to make upgrades to handle the

increased traffic and finish all infrastructure improvements before

construction starts.

He also must build four sound measuring stations within a

half-mile of the track, and could be fined $5,000 if noise exceeds

68 decibels. The Springfield News-Leader reports that normal

conversation with someone a few feet away is 60 decibels.

Cook had threatened to take the racetrack to Arkansas because of

the opposition. Supporters say the track will bring jobs and

development to southwest Missouri.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader.

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