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Workers Paint Rings on Roads to Sochi 2014 Olympic Games

By: RTV/CBS
By: RTV/CBS

Workers were out on Sochi roadways on Sunday (January 26), painting the Olympic rings to mark roads that will be dedicated to traffic related to the Games.

Only accredited vehicles with a special permit issued by the Olympic Transport Directorate will be permitted to use the Olympic lanes, according to the Sochi Media Centre.

Drivers who use the lanes incorrectly face fines of $160 to $320, Ria Novosti reported, citing an Olympic organizing committee source.
Worker Andrei, who is responsible for painting the roadways, said many of the lines are being redone on the roads that were set up before the end of last year.

"The special lines were drawn before the new year, but due to the weather conditions, they faded. There is a question of redrawing them with more expensive material, cold plastic, so that the rings will be visible and won't wash off," he said.

"We have to draw 850 rings - from the center of Sochi to Krasnaya Polyana," Andrei added.

The special markings and signs will function until April 17, according to the media center, and Sochi residents are being asked to refrain from using private vehicles during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in favor of stepped up public ground and rail transport services.

The Games start on Feb. 7.


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