Letná’s main streets to be rebuilt

The plan will be coordinated with other projects in Prague 7

Prague City Hall approved a conceptual study for renovating several streets in Letná in Prague 7 including Veletržní and Dukelských hrdinů, as well as parts of Strojnická and U Výstaviště.

The streets should be made more accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, nearly 200 trees should be planted, which will provide shade and also help clean the air of pollution.

The study was made by the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) and was submitted by Deputy Mayor Petra Kolínská (Greens).

“The proposal is aimed primarily at increasing the safety, accessibility and user comfort of the streets for all who move on them,” IPR director Ondřej Boháč.

The renovation will improve access for pedestrians and cyclists and will prioritize public transport, City Hall states. Tram tracks, utility lines and roads should be rebuilt.

The implementation deadline is estimated at 2022, and it will depend on the planning of each project phase. In the near future a designer of the first stage of the work will be selected. The total financial costs were calculated at Kč 762 million.

The purpose of the study was to find ways to improve the Strossmayerovo náměstí to U Výstaviště tram tracks and at the same time the define the future character of the Veletržní Street area in connection with launching the Blanka tunnel complex.

“The technical condition of the tram line will require a complete reconstruction in the coming years. Such an extensive construction project is a unique opportunity to cultivate Dukelských hrdinů,” Kolínská said.

“At the same time, the renovation of Veletržní palác is currently being prepared, which will also affect its exterior space and planned reconstruction of the space of in front of Výstaviště and Stromovka. We want to coordinate these investments and save people from being restricted on the streets multiple times,” she added.

The study also takes into account the ongoing preparation of the modernization of the railway line in the Bubny and Výstaviště section, and suggests the future shape of streets to meet the current needs of the city.

“The conceptual study allows barrier-free access to public transport stops, increased safety at pedestrian crossings, and the planting of nearly 200 trees,” Kolínská said.

There will be a small increase in the number of parking spaces and basic support for art in public space. The plan allows for the future renewal of utility networks will also be possible. This will allow for charging station for electric cars and electric bikes to be built in the future.

The city separately is planning to renovate the Výstaviště area, including finally rebuilding the wing of the Industrial Palace that was destroyed in a fire in 2008, and expanding the Lapidarium so it can house Alfons Mucha’s Slav Epic.

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