One lane in each direction, bus lane, bicycle paths and lots of greenery – on Thursday the town hall presented a vision of changes in Aleje Jerozolimskie. As the Municipal Roads Authority reminded, the de Gaulle roundabout will turn into a classic intersection.
The vice-president of Warsaw, Michał Olszewski, reminded that the changes in Aleje Jerozolimskie are part of a larger project – Nowe Centrum. The renovation is planned when PKP PLK will be rebuilding the cross-city line. – This will give us an opportunity to transform and metamorphose Aleje Jerozolimskie – said the vice president. He emphasized “cooperation in a very good atmosphere” with railwaymen.
Michał Olszewski specified that Aleje Jerozolimskie Street faced changes such as Marszałkowska Street (the so-called “Zielona Marszałkowska” project). – Although we do not give the name “Zielone Aleje Jerozolimskie”, the truth is that the green nature of Aleja is a striking element that will attract your attention – said Olszewski.
During the conference, the Town Hall presented the project. The visualization shows that the tram tracks in the middle remain the same. Next to it, there is one lane for cars, a bus lane, then parking spaces, a line of trees, a bicycle path, another line of trees and sidewalks. The situation is similar on the other side of the road.
Road workers have already announced a tender. Its winner will be responsible for the design of the Marszałkowska-Nowy Świat section and the concept for the next section – from Marszałkowska to Aleja Jana Pawła II. Documentation is to be ready by the end of the year. As Puchalski reminded, the de Gaulle roundabout will turn into an ordinary intersection with Nowy Świat. There, the railwaymen are planning a new station. As a result, the locations of the tram stops will change. – We want to take advantage of the fact that the diameter will generate a new railway stop near the de Gaulle roundabout. Tram and bus stops would be as close as possible to the railway stops – described the director of ZDM Łukasz Puchalski.
Will the palm tree disappear as a result? – journalists asked. Officials announce that it will have to be moved (in agreement with the author, Joanna Rajkowska).
– We already know that a lot of good happened at Forty-year-old roundabout. Now we have announced actions regarding Marszałkowska Street, Dmowskiego roundabout, we are facing changes regarding the de Gaulle roundabout. Aleje Jerozolimskie is the axis that must connect all these places, with a street of the capital character, which is not only a communication artery, but also has a shadow provided by trees, has a small architecture – said Marlena Hapach, a city architect.
As she added, there are also competitions planned to connect the changing Plac Defilad with the Museum of Modern Art, which is being built there, and in the future also with the Variety Theater.
– We hope that the area of the very center will not be separate islands anymore, but will be one large space that will become a showcase of the city – she said.
Vice President Olszewski announced that the works are to be completed in the years 2027-2028 – after the modernization of the cross-city line. – But we must have the documentation ready now, so that it would be matched to it, for example, the logistics of exits from the new railway station at the de Gaulle roundabout – he specified.
The ZDM director announced that the first effects will be seen in the middle of the renovation of PKP tunnels, i.e. in the years 2024-25.
“The most efficient street”
The officials were asked what about the drivers, what about the traffic flow? Deputy Mayor Olszewski referred to the nearby Świętokrzyska Street, which underwent a similar revolution after the second metro line was commissioned. – The changes are very beneficial for the inhabitants of this area, the resident is not only the one who travels by car, but also the one who travels on foot, uses the bicycle infrastructure or the gastronomic offer – he explained.
Director Puchalski emphasized that the city relies on “the most efficient public transport”. – We talked with the Public Transport Authority and Warsaw Trams about the possibility of connecting the bus lane with the tram track. The intensity of both trams and buses is so large that it is practically impossible. For communication to be efficient, these must be two separate communication routes – he explained.
He noticed that PKP PL was strengthening the cross-city line by adding a stop between Powiśle and Śródmieście. “In fact, the city gets a third metro line,” he said. – We have the most efficient of all streets in the city center, no other street passing through the city center has such a rich communication service – he argued.
Main photo source: Wojciech Olkuśnik / PAP