Bridges boost Clas­sic ap­peal

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Shan­non Smith

The creation of two new tem­po­rary bridges for pedes­tri­ans dur­ing the an­nual Al­bany Clas­sic are well un­der way to be­ing ready for the 2019 event.

The bridges will cross over York Street and Peels Place to al­low bet­ter ac­cess through var­i­ous areas of the event for spec­ta­tors.

Up un­til now, stop­ping the event with fre­quent road clo­sures and safety checks was the only way that peo­ple could make their way from one side of the track to the other.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Vicki Clark said peo­ple were queu­ing for mul­ti­ple events wait­ing for the track to open.

“Th­ese bridges will al­low con­tin­ued ac­cess and par­tic­u­larly with the num­bers in­creas­ing it will make it run smoother,” she said.

“We want to give spec­ta­tors and com­peti­tors the best ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble.

“Not as much stop­page will also al­low the pos­si­bil­ity of an­other cat­e­gory of ve­hi­cle com­pet­ing, which then brings bet­ter spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and more peo­ple into town.

“The other op­tion is some­thing dif­fer­ent such as a dis­play dur­ing the lunch time pe­riod and al­low the dis­play cars to do laps of the track.”

The bridges will be made from sea con­tain­ers.

The City of Al­bany, CAMS and Eyerite Signs have helped with the spon­sor­ship and fund­ing. Lo­cal busi­nesses have the op­por­tu­nity to spon­sor and ad­ver­tise.

The Al­bany Clas­sic Mo­tor Event is on the June long week­end each year.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Thomas Ben­son, Blake Wat­son, Mayor Den­nis Welling­ton, Glenn Badger and Al­bany Clas­sic co-or­di­na­tor Vicki Clark.

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