Preparing for the Bix weekend is no easy task, but the City of Davenport has been working on it for months. Putting together the world renowned road race takes months of planning.
“We probably work on Bix starting in March,” said City Administrator Corri Spiegel.
Spiegel says planning the route this year took a little extra time. That’s thanks to the construction project on Brady Street.
“It was a little unique getting ready for this year with Brady being under construction, so we actually planned the route last year, and tried to work our construction bids for Brady around it,” Spiegel said.
Getting Davenport ready for the race is a collaborative effort on the part of many different city departments, including the department that gets the actual race course ready for the runners: Public works.
If you’ve noticed filled in cracks in places like Brady and Fourth streets, chances are, public works filled them in so runners don’t trip.
“They tour the route many weeks ahead of time, make sure we have all the landscaping in place… that we’re filling any potholes, anything that could cause anything to be unsafe for the people who are going to be running or walking the event,” Spiegel said.
This week, banners and signs started going up along the route. Spiegel says police, fire, and medic are going to be finalizing their plans to keep runners and spectators safe.
“Public safety is paramount. Police and fire are part of the planning process all the way around, so in the next couple of days we’ll see a lot of the no parking signs go up,” Spiegel said.
Come Saturday, workers will start setting up as early as 4 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m.
Construction along Brady Street will be shut down until Monday morning to keep racers safe.