17 Boulevards, Streets in Sofia to Be Repaired under Projects worth BGN 100 M
An ongoing large-scale program for a major overhaul of streets and boulevards in Sofia will be extended into 2015.
The plans of the Sofia Municipality include 17 sites and the repair works will cost BGN 100 M, according to reports of 24 Hours Daily.
The repair works will be launched in spring.
The Sofia Municipality will take steps to ensure that there are no traffic blocks and that the repair works are evenly distributed across the territory of the city and that there is an alternative route for each road or boulevard that is being repaired.
All sites will be repaired through partial narrowings and there will be almost no suspensions of traffic, according to Lyubomir Hristov, Deputy Mayor of Sofia in charge of traffic, as cited by 24 Hours Daily.
The list of projects for 2015 includes a two-level junction on the Bulgaria and Ivan Geshov boulevards. The project for the two-level road junction has not yet been launched due to an appeal. The Sofia Municipality won the case at the court of first instance and if there is no new appeal, the construction works may start in 2014. The project costs BGN 27.8 M and it is to be ready in one year. The project envisages a roundabout on the second level.
In 2015, the Todor Kableshkov Boulevard will get an expansion between the Buxton Brothers (Bratya Buxton) Boulevard and Tsar Boris III Boulevard. The project has been estimated at BGN 3.6 M and is to be wrapped up in 3 months. The boulevard will have 2 lanes in each direction. The bridge over the Boyanska River will also be repaired.
The Bogatitsa Street between the Arsenalski Boulevard and James Bourchier Boulevard will also get an expansion and the paving blocks will be replaced by asphalt. The overhaul, estimated to cost BGN 3.2 M, envisages a new drainage and sewer system, new curbs, lighting, etc.
The same repair works are to be carried out at the Arsenalski Boulevard, where the price tag stands at BGN 1.2 M.
The Montevideo Boulevard will get an expansion from the Nikola Petkov Boulevard until Street 763. The project is to cost BGN 4.8 M. The paving blocks there will also be removed.
In 2015, a 6-kilometer section of the Vladimir Vazov Boulevard from the Chavdar Bridge to the Botevgradsko Shosse Boulevard will be repaired under a project worth BGN 14.9 M. All 8 bridges and an underpass will be repaired under the scheme.
The most difficult project envisages repair works at the Knyaz Aleksandar Dondukov Boulevard, which concentrates a major portion of traffic in downtown Sofia. The repair works will cover a section from Krakra Street to the Youth Theatre “Nikolay Binev” and will cost BGN 8 M. The tram tracks will be replaced, as well as the curbs and the sidewalks. No decision has yet been taken on replacing the paving blocks by asphalt.
The rehabilitation of the Praga Boulevard between the Skobelev Boulevard and the Petko Slaveykov Boulevard will cost BGN 1.5 M. The repair works are to last 45 days and the paving stones will be replaced by asphalt. There will be new draining systems, curbs and sidewalks.
The repair works at the Slivnitsa Boulevard section between the Konstantin Velichkov Boulevard and Petar Dertliev Boulevard will cost BGN 6.2 M and will last 2 months. The project includes the rehabilitation of the overpass at Zaharna Fabrika, which has never been repaired.
The repairs of the Kozloduy Street section from the Knyaginya Maria Louisa Boulevard to Konstantin Stoilov Street envisage the rehabilitation of the tram tracks and road lanes. The project is to cost BGN 3.2 M.
The list of projects to be carried out in 2015 also includes a new section of the Obikolna Street between Block # 211 in the Druzhba residential district and the Kopenhagen Boulevard. The new 1.1-kilometer street will cost BGN 3 M and will be equipped with a bike lane.
The repair works at the Buxton Brothers (Bratya Buxton) Boulevard, which include new road surfacing, sidewalks, curbs, lighting, a bike alley, anti-parking bollards, etc, are to cost BGN 1.2 M.
Apart from the 17 sites included in the list, the Sofia Municipality has also allocated a sum of BGN 10 M to repairs of small streets in the different residential districts.
A total of BGN 30 M has been earmarked for running repairs, of which BGN 3 M will go to repairs of sidewalks.
The last stage of the repair works of the pedestrian zone of the Vitosha Boulevard section between the Solunska Street and the Alabin Street will start in spring. The project has a price tag of BGN 1.6 M.
Repair works worth BGN 5 M will take place between the streets of Gurgulyat and Byala Cherkva. The project envisages replacing the road surfacing, curbs, and sidewalks. There will also be a bike lane and the tram tracks will be replaced.
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