Vinohradská repairs postponed

The city is trying to avoid too many street closures in the same area

Prague is postponing the renovation of the lower part of Vinohradská třída, and it is not planned for this year. The closure of Husitská Street in Žižkov has already complicated traffic in the area, and many cars are using Vinohradská as an alternative.

“The first phase in the lower part of Vinohradská will not take place this year, at least during the time of the Husitská closure. The phase in the upper part between Flora and Želivského will take place,” Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (CSSD) said.

Work on Husitská Street will last until December. The city wants to avoid work on parallel roads, and a significant part of the construction will be during summer holidays.

In the upper section of Vinohradská, repairs will occur mainly on tram tracks, which Dolínek said are in an emergency state. Work is due to begin at the end of April.

The city promises a minimum of two-shift operations, and if the situation allows, especially with regard to technology and noise limits, continuous operations. This will speed up the work.

The city moved the repair of Na Slupi street in the direction from Nusle to Podskalí from spring to summer. Repairs to sewerage at Strakonice will last to at least October.

Starting next week, Keplerova Street in Prague 6 will be completely closed until the end of spring and traffic will be rerouted. The road will be repaved, following work on the underlying sewers.

During July, work will take place at the intersection of the cross-town highway and U Bulhara steet, where only one lane will be open. Kamýcka Street in Suchdol will also be closed for all summer holidays.

The ongoing repairs of Zenklova and Husitská Street are progressing faster than planned, Dolínek said. They could be completed sooner than anticipated. The streets are getting completely new looks intended to make them more inviting to the local communities.

On the City Hall website, Dolinek apologized for the inconveniences. “For many years road repair has been forgotten in Prague. The unwritten rule was that there was no repair work in an election year. I refuse to play these populist games. I'm sorry for the roadside complications, but the repairs are needed. In addition, today we are not just filling potholes, but we are trying to give the streets a completely new, better face,” Dolinek said. Municipal elections are scheduled for the fall.

Postponing repair work can have dire consequences. In December, a pedestrian bridge near Prague Zoo collapsed, injuring four people, two seriously. A survey of bridges found many to be in poor shape. The worst ones are either currently being repaired or closed temporarily.

Work this summer will also take place along the waterfront at Náplavka, but it will remain open with some limited areas closed off.

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