- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A cobblestone restoration project that’s part of a multimillion dollar effort to prepare Richmond for an international bike race in September has been completed.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1eIl3SZ) reports the city reopened the hill on 23rd Street in preparation for the UCI Road World Championships.

Officials say work on the hill took about 60 days and cost the city $90,000.

Spokesman Allen Rothert says the city ended up installing mostly new cobblestones along the hill after work crews discovered that most of the stones were gone or needed to be replaced.

Other work being done includes repairing sidewalks, replacing street signs, and marking intersections with crosswalks.

The competitions, which will bring riders, media, officials and fans from across the globe, are expected to attract about 450,000 spectators over nine days.

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