Nearly a year after the last race car whizzed down Baltimore's streets, road work for the Grand Prix Indycar race is still costing the city money.
On Wednesday, city officials are set to authorize a $485,000 payment to P. Flanigan & Sons Inc. for road work done in 2011 and 2012 for the Baltimore Grand Prix.
The company's road work ended up being more expensive than anticipated, but city transportation officials didn't immediately bring the increased costs to the board.
Adrienne Barnes, spokeswoman for the city's transporation department, said officials there reviewed the cost increases to make sure they were justified before submitting a request for payment. She added that the road work would have been needed even without the race, because the roads were in need of repaving.
"The majority of these roadways had not been improved in over 20 years and were in need of major repairs," Barne said in an email. "As a result of this project, downtown roadways are now in good condition for commuters and will remain so for years to come, pending any major utility breaks or developments. During construction, major design changes and unforeseen conditions were encountered that adversely affected the project budget and timeline. As a result, the city acted in its best interest and the interest of the taxpayers to conduct a thorough review to reach the appropriate amount owed for all work completed by the contractor."
Documents submitted to the Board of Estimates blame an "administrative error" and an "oversight" for the delay in the documentation of the cost increase.
During its three-year run, Baltimore's Grand Prix IndyCar race also cost the city about $1.4 million in increased staffing, overtime and related expenses, but brought in millions in tax revenue.