Belgická Street repairs to start again

The final phases of work on the Vinohrady street will last until the end of July

The last phase of repairs to Belgická Street in Prague's Vinohrady district will start on Monday, March 6, with traffic closed between Bruselská and Jana Masaryka streets. The repairs will last until the end of July, according to Prague's Technical Communication Authority (TSK). Traffic will be diverted to Americká Street.

This will be the third and fourth stages of repairs to the street that runs from Náměstí Míru to Jana Masaryka. The renovations began in April 2016 and earlier phases were finished in September 2016 from náměstí Míru to Bruselská. Work was suspended over winter.

“Belgická Street is a beautiful example of successful dialogue between not only experts and investors, but especially with the people for whom the street is home. Because we are all together we looked for the best solutions, we succeeded in the first part of the reconstruction of the street to everyone's general satisfaction and the same spirit of progress will take place in the last two phases of repairs, with the interplay of all concerned stakeholders,” Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD) said in a TSK press release.

The renovations include work on underground infrastructure such as sewers, water mains and other utilities. On the surface, the streets are being rebuilt with paving stones in place of asphalt and stone cubes on the sidewalks. Drainage is being improved and new a.acia trees are being planted.

The original plan called for the acacia trees lining the street to be cut down and replaces with another type, but public outcry caused the plan to be revised. Some 80 trees in two rows line the street. Some of the trees, however, are in poor health, according to a survey by the TSK.

Local residents started a petition to save the trees and gathered 1,700 signatures, which was enough for the TSK to postpone felling them. An independent examination of the trees found only a few were in truly bad shape. The Prague 2 administration also opposed cutting down the trees.

Eventually, most of the trees survived and the trees will be restored over the next 20 years. Negotiations between the TSK and the civic initiative Belgická Street Lives (Belgická žije) to save the trees took two years.

A map of the repairs is here:

Related article:
Belgická Street reopens with trees intact - Prague.TV, 27.09.2017

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