It had appeared that the Main Street streetscape project would collide with the plans for the races, but -- I know you'll be shocked to learn this, shocked -- the state approval for the streetscape project isn't in yet and that's why the city can't move forward.
It's the state's money, so I guess they can reserve the right to give the project the thumbs up or not, and in this case, it works out nicely for the Bristol Historical Society, which is leading the charge to celebrate the city's 225th anniversary. So the race gets a green light and the project will start a little later in June.
I wrote about it for Wednesday's edition of The Bristol Press (www.bristolpress.com).
If anyone out there in blogville is a former soap box derby racer who wants to reminisce, let me know! Email me at email@example.com.