Omland Engineering Associates announced in a press release its participation in designing the Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial race course in Weehawken and West New York, New Jersey.
Beginning in June of 2013, the race will be held annually for the next ten years.
Omland has been collaborating with German engineering group Tilke GmgH to design the race course and the areas surrounding the track. Part of Omland’s role was to provide detailed surveying and mapping of the track and adjacent areas.
For areas surrounding the course, an ongoing challenge for Omland has been creating smooth transitions with minimal disruption to intersecting streets, sidewalks, parks, utilities, and traffic controls. After design is complete, Omland will be applying for the major permits and approvals for the project.
The press release says that the 3.2-mile course will run on existing public streets starting at the Weehawken Ferry Terminal.
The course climbs up, and travels along the edge of the Palisades, 160 feet above the Hudson River, all with New York City as its backdrop. On the straightaways between a hairpin and several 90-degree turns, drivers are expected to reach speeds of nearly 200 miles per hour.