Traffic near the Castle to be reduced

The city will be making changes to some streets around Pohořelec

The area near Strahov Monastery and leading to Prague Castle should become friendlier to pedestrians, once traffic is further reduced. The Prague City Council decided to make a study of transportation options for Pohořelec and its surrounding area.

“After opening the Blanka tunnel complex, an alternate route was created for the drivers and automobile traffic was reduced. There are still a lot of cars passing through here, so we want traffic to be quiet,” Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD).

The Ministry of Defense will be renovating the Prokop Holý barracks, located at Pohořelec, back to its original state from the start of the 20th century.

As part of this, though, the building and the street next to it will be closed to the public, as the building will be of strategic value.

The city is seeking an alternative for people to pass conveniently and safely through the area.

The city already has a basic idea of what transport should look like in the future and what basic construction adjustments will have to be requested to accomplish this.

“The solution in the area would be to identify a residential area and make small construction adjustments. … The space would be primarily designed for pedestrians,” Dolinek said, according to daily Mladá fronta Dnes (MfD).

Trams would continue to pass through. Car access would be allowed only for residents and for people who run a restaurant or shop there. Others would have to use an alternate route.

The study should be completed within the next few months and the first steps toward implementing it such as changing in traffic signs could happen in 2018.

The Prague 1 and Prague 6 districts are cooperating with the city and Defense Ministry on the study. The area is on the border of Prague 1 and 6.

Prague 1 Deputy Mayor Richard Bureš said the district intends to be active in the discussions since traffic in the area has long been a problem. The renovation of the barracks is forcing the city to act quickly.

“In the past, we have had repeated complaints from locals about the noise of passing cars. I hope that, unlike in the past, we will have our say right at the beginning,” Bureš told MfD.

He says a solution is to build a new short road connection from Jelení Street to the intersection of Střešovice and Patočka. Drivers could avoid the entire Pohořelec area. However, this would be rather complicated, and other participants would have to agree with it.

Another alternative is to use Myslbekova Street as a detour. This would shift the traffic to another residential street and residents might start complaining there, though.

Pohořelec is at the outer edge of the conservation area for the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The street is first mentioned in the 1400s and was named for plenty of fires that took place there. The street was supposedly founded in 1375 by burgrave Aleš z Malíkovic.

Its most well-known inhabitant was Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, who lived there between 1599 and 1601 and made observations there. A school in the area is named for German astronomer Johannes Kepler, who worked with Brahe.

Prague and the Prague 1 district also want to reduce traffic in areas near the castle such as Loretánské náměstí and Hradčanské náměstí where thousands of people mix with cars daily.

Traffic at Malostranské náměstí should also be reduced after the square is renovated next year.

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