City approves $99K more for Grand Prix work
The city spending board voted today to allocate an additional $98,800 for infrastructure improvements related to the Grand Prix race.
The money, which was primarily drawn from federal funds, will be used for construction management and inspections, said transportation department spokeswoman Adrienne Barnes.
The five members of the Board of Estimates, who include Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Comptroller Joan Pratt, voted unanimously to approve the expenditure.
The city had allocated $7.75 million for road construction to transform two miles of streets ringing the Inner Harbor into a race course for the three day open-wheeled racing festival, which is scheduled for the Labor Day long weekend.
The city previously awarded a $4.2 million contract to contractor P. Flanigan & Sons for road work related to the race. The construction management contract was awarded to Whitman, Requardt & Associates.
Crews shutdown Conway Street earlier this week for construction related to the race and it is expected to remain closed for two weeks. Transportation officials expect the roadwork to be finished by late July or early August -- around the time Jersey walls and concrete barriers start going up along the course.