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June 13, 2021

New project aims to embellish the Capital

The creation of promenade and relaxation spots around the Palace of Parliament, the reconfiguration of the Capital’s great squares, the rehabilitation of the Unirii boulevard, these are just a few of the projects included in the Urban Development Integrated Plan (PIDU), which, according to “Evenimentul Zilei”, is meant to bring back to life the Capital’s central area. Concretely, the strategy proposes setting up an adequate road and pedestrian infrastructure, which will solve problems related to traffic and parking, while placing historical monuments and tourist sites in an easily accessible circuit. Called the Urban Development Integrated Plan (PIDU), the project was attributed to an ASUB consortium, made up of 14 companies: nine architecture and town planning offices and five specialized companies. The contract is yet to be signed, according to representatives of the City Hall. The project to revitalize and reorganize the Capital’s centre will cost EUR 6 M, and the money will be recovered out of European funds. One of the most important projects proposed by the consortium specialists aims at reconnecting the Dambovita southern area with the Historical Centre. The two areas are to be joined by two bridges: Mircea Voda and Podul Calicilor.
According to the strategy, the major problems in restoring the unity in the Bucharest Central area are the lack of a connection between the sites north and south of the Dambovita and the river’s low appeal along this central area. Another problem that the authorities hope to solve, by implementing the winning project, is the crowded traffic. According to the document, the no.1 priority for facilitating car traffic is eliminating transit traffic from the central area. Thus, the project proposes developing traffic rings and the belt road. “Widening as much as possible the central boulevards and reducing sidewalks to the benefit of parking spots and a growing number of lanes turned out to be a poor solution,” specialists from the winning consortium argue. The plan also proposes creating a system of pedestrian streets and eliminating all cars from the sidewalks and public squares.

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