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A look at the recent bike infrastructure installed ahead of UCI races

Posted at 7:51 PM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 19:54:19-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- City leaders are putting the final touches on several projects that are expected to be completed by the opening ceremonies of the UCI Road World Championships.

The city of Richmond started planning for the event in 2011 and has steadily incorporated new bike infrastructure – some of it temporary, some permanent.

Wednesday, CBS 6 got their first look at one of the newly opened bike lanes in South Richmond.

Organizers unveiled the bike lanes crossing the Manchester Bridge in South Richmond; a project that covers 1.2 miles.

You will find green pavement markings near intersections where cars can cross over.

The Manchester Bridge is just one of four major routes with nearly seven miles of buffered bike lanes. That’s in addition to the 26 miles of open bike lanes and trails around Richmond.

Crews have also installed 400 out of 420 bike racks.

Visitors will see street improvements like new sidewalks and trees.

Travelers driving northbound on I-95 at the I-64 split, will see a new a huge Richmond sign.

The projected cost of the improvements is roughly $3 million. Organizers said many of the changes will be in place when the race is over.