Prague seeks to speed Ring Road construction

A plan for the city to buy land directly would cut through some red tape

Prague hopes to speed up the construction of the long-delayed Prague Ring Road around the city. The city is planning to buy the land needed for the connection from the city exit to the D1 motorway. This allows the city to cut through some of the red tape so construction can begin sooner.

Construction on the section could begin in 2019. Money to purchase the 13 kilometer stretch would come from next year's budget. The city has not disclosed the estimated price.

Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) told a forum organized by business daily E15 about the unusual move.

The idea still needs approval, but that does not seem like it will be a problem. Road and Motorway Directorate (ŘSD) spokesman Jan Studecký said that a draft agreement is ready for City Hall. Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD) said there was widespread consensus on the idea, according to E15. Petr Dolínek said “a few hundred legal acts” will be required to purchase the land.

The advantage to the city purchasing the land is that it speeds up the process. The ŘSD can only purchase the land after a zoning decision is made. The city does not face that restriction.

The city still needs to get a positive environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Environment Ministry, which should be completed in the fall. After that, the city can obtain zoning permission and other needed documentation.

The section in question will relieve traffic from the Ring Road's southern junction and Štěrboholy radial. The section will help to remove trucks from city traffic in the Spořilov area.

The entire Prague Ring Road circuit is roughly 80 km, and only half is currently in operation. The entire Prague Ring Road (Pražský okruh) is now called D0.

Work on the first part began in the 1980s. Two sections, totaling 40 km, are currently in use. One goes from Václav Havel Airport Prague to the interchange with the D1 highway. The other is a 5 km stretch on the eastern border of Prague.

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