Revoluční Street to be renovated

Streets will be widened and trees planted to make the street friendlier

Revoluční Street will see the renovation of its tram line in the near future, and this will include rebuilding the sidewalks, a new tree line and a small square on the corner of Klimentská Street.

Revoluční Street joins with some of the most expensive real estate in the city on Na Příkopě, but is comparatively rundown.

The Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR), in cooperation with Ondřej Císler Studio, prepared a study that has been approved by the Prague City Council. The approved study will be handed over to the Prague Public Transport Company (DPP), which is the investor in the project.

Revoluční Street is on the border of Old Town and New Town, and centuries ago used to be the site of a town wall that extended from the location of Štefánikův most to Most Legií.

Now, 15,000 cars will pass through the street daily. The street is some 295 meters long.

“We are now working intensively on a new representative form for the whole ‘ring,’ a boulevard where the Old Town walls formerly were, and this is the first step. The purpose is to finally make Revoluční a pleasant space, especially for pedestrians. In addition to the wider sidewalks and new furniture, there will be 30 new trees,” Petra Kolínská, city councilor for municipal development, says on the City Hall website.

The study proposes extending sidewalks especially on the east side of the street and improving access to tram islands, which will be connected to sidewalks by an elevated road at the same level. There will also be pedestrian crossings.

These modifications will ensure comfortable and safe pedestrian crossings to the arriving trams. On the west side of the street, there will be a new line of trees. The study also proposes moving the Dlouhá třída tram stop toward the Vltava river opposite the existing stop in the other direction.

The stops will improve the accessibility of the waterfront.

“The transport company has long been cooperating on the renovation of tram lines with IPR. Thanks to conceptual studies, besides the tracks, the public space is also improving. Revoluční Street should be another good example of such an approach,” says Tomáš Kaas, investment director and board member at DPP.

Revoluční Street’s high traffic load makes it difficult for pedestrians to use, IPR director Ondřej Boháč says. “This load is unfortunately also caused by the passage of cars under the Powder Gate. In addition, the bank of the Vltava river is almost inaccessible from the street. The study works with these problems and improves the environment significantly,” Boháč says.

The street study takes into account short-term parking for deliveries, while residential parking is on the surrounding streets.

The project will be planned out in 2019, and then the construction itself will begin, which should amount to Kč 120 million.

Revoluční dates to the Middle Ages. In the 17th century it was described as a muddy gutter filled with rubbish. It has been called Revoluční since 1918, referring to Czechoslovak independence. Previous names include Náplavní, Trubní and Rourová in the 18th century and Eliščina in the 19th century.

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