UCI bike race cost city nearly $2 million in overtime costs

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — We’re getting a first look at the cost of hosting the UCI Road World Cycling Championships held locally in September.

It took plenty of manpower to put on the vent, including extra fire and police patrols, first responders on standby for an emergency call and the crews who had to put out the many barricades for the races.

On Monday, 8News learned the City of Richmond spent more than $1.7 million on overtime costs alone.

The biggest portion was for the extra police personnel, which came in at $1.3 million. They were slightly over budget as costs were originally estimated at just over $1 million. On the flip side, the fire department costs were under budget.

We also are getting a look at the breakdown of the infrastructure costs involved with the race.

The city spent close to $6 million in repaving streets and repairing sidewalks along with race route- work that the city says had to be done regardless of the race.

Additionally, Broad Street at the finish line area had to be resurfaced, and the traffic signals had to be temporarily removed, costing nearly $37,000.

A full report detailing other citywide infrastructure improvements as well as travel costs in preparation for the race will be presented at next week’s Richmond City Council meeting on November 9.


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