NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WNTH) — There is a buzz in the air around the New Haven Green. In less than a day, the roads around it will be closed, as cars will be replaced with bicycles. It’s all part of the first annual New Haven Grand Prix.
The race will include more than 100 riders, many of which are professionals. Organizers compare the event to NASCAR, but on bikes. The race is expected to bring in around 15,000 people and with them, money to spend. Co-owner of the Temple Grill, Christopher Candido, is among those hoping to cash in.
“We’re all prepared to service them,” said Candido. “We’re happy to have as many people as possible.”
Those with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce think the event will have an impact for people like Candido for many years to come.
“What’s going to happen is people are going to recognize, ‘Hey, this is a fabulous restaurant. I didn’t know it was there,'” said President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Tony Rescigno.
On Saturday, there will also be another event, this one taking place on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge. It will be a dedication filled with public officials and fun events for all.
The celebration will mark the end of a project that’s cost hundreds of millions of dollars and has taken several years complete. With food trucks, a DJ, and breathtaking views to offer, officials with the DOT think this gathering will bring with it several thousand more people. For John Dunham, who spent most of his career working on the project for the DOT, he says even he’s looking forward to letting his hair down.
“It’s been a lot of work and hopefully the traveling public whose been patient throughout this process will really enjoy being able to travel through this area a little bit easier,” said Dunham.
If you plan to do the whole walk on the bridge it will be about about 1.5 miles. Access to the bridge will be provided by going to the intersection of Hamilton Street and Ives Place.