Construction of tunnel connecting Sava and Danube slopes in Belgrade to start in 2020

“The Detailed Regulation Plan of the tunnel from the Sava slope to the Danube slope, which should be adopted on May 16, 2019, at a session of the City Assembly of Belgrade, is the basis for the construction of the tunnel which will connect the two slopes,” Belgrade City Architect Marko Stojcic says.

He adds that this infrastructure project was worth between EUR 90 to 100 million and that the construction was expected to begin in late 2020.

Stocic underlines that the tunnel would help reduce the density of traffic in downtown Belgrade by 14%, increase the travelling speed by 10% and reduce the average travel time by 10%.

He adds that the research conducted by the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering shows that the emission of carbon-monoxide in downtown Belgrade will drop by 9% once the tunnel is finished.

“We can all see that there are great problems with the traffic in Belgrade. According to the data from the Transport Model of Belgrade 2015, and the data collected from the counting of vehicles, the busiest routes are those that connect the Sava and the Danube slopes: Kneza Milosa St-Takovska St and Brankova St-Terazije Tunnel-Decanska St-Despota Stefana Blvd,” the city architect says.

Stojcic adds that most drivers use these routes as transit routes and says that building the tunnel is “in fact the only proper way of addressing the problem of traffic jams on these busiest routes in the central zone”.

He reminds that the Urban Planning Institute prepared the Sava Amphitheatre Study back in 2008 and that the study stipulated that a new traffic route of higher capacity was needed in that part of the city.

“In line with the General Regulation Plan, this tunnel route is regulated by a special planning document. This plan entails two tunnel passages of the total length of 2km, with portals in Gavrila Principa Street, near the Faculty of Economics, and Despota Stefana Blvd, in the direction of the Pancevo Bridge. Two lanes around each portal, bypassing it on both sides, are also planned,” Stojcic adds.

(B92, 16.05.2019)

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