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2016 on the roads – an annual report by the Municipal Roads Authority

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2016 on the roads – an annual report by the Municipal Roads Authority
2016 on the roads – an annual report by the Municipal Roads Authority

Comprehensive roadwork, coupled with an array of modifications and innovations, improving the use of municipal infrastructure. In its special report, the Municipal Roads Authority draws a summary of 2016 and sheds light on its future plans.

As in the previous year, fast road surface repairs conducted at weekends were the Municipal Roads Authority's showcase. However, last year this working formula was extended – in many cases the repairs also covered providing facilities for pedestrians or introducing traffic organisation changes to improve safety. 30 km of roads were repaired at a cost of PLN 46,000,000. In order to more adequately prepare for the new season of works, the Municipal Roads Authority has developed a repair technology to be used on over 50 roads.

The introduced changes also involved the pedestrian infrastructure. Pavements on 21 streets acquired a new surface made of concrete slabs. Architectural barriers were gradually removed from the urban space, and new conveniences for the disabled were provided.

One of the key tasks of the Municipal Roads Authority has been to improve road safety, including in particular the security of pedestrians. In 2016 a comprehensive safety audit was performed, covering nearly 1000 crossings not equipped with traffic lights. Based on the audit recommendations, changes have been gradually introduced to improve safety. These include providing additional street lights at crossings, improving visibility by preventing illegal parking and constructing pedestrian refuges, speed bumps and traffic lights.

Additional lighting was constructed at around 80 pedestrian crossings, thus making them safer. A total of 1300 new lighting posts and fittings have appeared on Warsaw streets.
2016 was another good year for the cycling infrastructure in Warsaw. Nearly 50 km of new cycling routes were constructed, and bicycles were allowed to ride towards traffic on over 30 one-way streets. At present two-thirds of the cycling paths have a paved surface. The Veturilo municipal bike system is also changing. 2016 was a record-breaking year in terms of the number of users and rentals. Once the new season starts, the users will be offered a number of new assets. The end of the year brought the successful outcome in the attempts to obtain EU co-funding for the construction of 100 km of cycling routes.

For the first time ever, the Municipal Roads Authority has taken part in the RESOLVE project of exchanging experiences with other European cities. It is also preparing to undertake a number of innovative activities. The parking space monitoring system has been tested, and the current year is expected to see the launching of car-sharing, i.e. the municipal car rental. The Municipal Roads Authority has also begun inspecting overloaded trucks which damage the city's roads and pollute the environment.