Highway southeast of Prague may remain free

A temporary effort to reduce congestion is likely to become permanent

The cancellation of the user fees for a small part of the D1 highway to Prague has proven successful in reducing traffic in in the southeastern section of the city and should be made permanent. Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD) agreed on the issue with district mayors in the city's southeastern part.

The highway fees had been temporarily canceled due to construction on Přátelství Street, a major artery in that area, and the highway served as a detour. Dolínek will ask the Transport Ministry to permanently invalidate the fees for the section from Exit 12 near Modletice to Prague.

Since the section of D1 has been made free for motorists who do not have highway stickers, the traffic on Černokostelecká, Přátelství and Kutnohorská streets has been reduced significantly. Minor streets in the area have also seen less congestion.

Work on expanding Přátelství Street and related streets is continuing in stages and could be completed in November, which would be ahead of schedule.

Highway D1 extends from Prague to Brno and then turns up to Ostrava and the Czech – Polish border, although some sections are not complete. The 21 km long Prague – Mirošovice segment was completed in 1971.

The proposed permanent cancellation of highway fees only applies to a small segment near Prague. Using most of the D1 still requires a sticker that can be purchased at gas stations for 10 days, a month or a year. There are some other segments that are also free, notably near Brno and Kroměříž.

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