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Traffic Alert: Broad Street closed between 3rd and 7th Streets for UCI bike race

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Just hours before Broad Street is expected to close, NBC12's cameras caught city crews already at work revamping downtown area for the UCI Road World Championship Bike Race.

Allen Rothert has been working on the UCI plans for the past five years. He says the city is ready to take on the influx of people and road closures for the bike race.

"Our traffic plan is solid as a rock," Rothert says. "We are going to move people around this course. It's not going to lock down this city."

For now, driving is still permitted on Third and Seventh Streets, but drivers cannot go to Broad from Fourth and Sixth Streets.  City crews will spend Friday night to work on dismantling several traffic light poles and bring in equipment to set up the start and finish lines. 

Work is even happening at area businesses like the Marriott. The hotel is preparing for the thousands of spectators that will make their way to Richmond next week.

"It will actually be tented," Rand Goodman with the Marriott said. "We will have seating areas, as well as food and beverages."

Organizers with the city say the construction of the start and finish lines was initially supposed to take two weeks. However, engineers were able to get in down to one week in order to avoid major traffic delays.

Again, the section of Broad Street between Third and Seventh Streets will be closed until about October 1st. Click here for details on detours. 

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