In the works for over three years, the first steps toward actual construction of the planned Corvette Museum Motorsports Park have begun.

Crews began clearing the land on the future site of the Motorsports Park this week. While the official groundbreaking is still some time away, the move is the first step on the path toward the realization of the project.

Planned and funded by the National Corvette Museum that sits just across the interstate, the new facility will include the longest road course in the U.S., as well as a second, plus a 10-acre autocross skid pad, a karting track, and a 1/4-mile dragstrip on its 184-acre property.

The National Corvette Museum has raised $886,000 of the $1 million targeted to begin construction of the facility itself. The museum has already paid $2.7 million for the land, and raised an additional $2.5 million for the project, which is estimated to cost about $16.45 million in total, reports the Bowling Green Daily News.

The current land-clearing project is expected to take about 45 days. After that, construction can begin, provided funding is acquired. The museum is planned to open in late August, 2014, in time for the museum's 20th anniversary.