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Fewer architectonic barriers

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Fewer architectonic barriers. Fot ZDM
Fewer architectonic barriers. Fot ZDM

More money than previously planned will be spent this year for removal of architectonic barriers. The funds are sufficient to make changes in more than three hundred places which hinder moving around the city.

In February this year, we presented a list of architectonic barriers which will be removed from the streets in 2016 by the Municipal Roads Administration (ZDM), using the pool of money (1 million PLN) allocated for this purpose by the Council of the City of Warsaw. As in the previous year, the districts of Warsaw were involved in the project, and proposed 187 barriers for removal.

Now, after the verification, we present the list of district projects for this year. There were so many proposals that the amount allocated for this action has been increased up to 1.2 million, and the list of locations where the removal of architectonic barriers is planned in 2016 includes 315 items-214 in the streets managed by the Municipal Roads Administration, and 101 in the streets managed by districts (Śródmieście, Białołęka, Ochota, Rembertów, Mokotów, Ursynów, Wawer).

ZDM plans to remove, among others, the barriers from the following places: Białołęka,  Marywilska Street; Bielany,  Marymoncka Street; Praga, Namysłowska Street and Wileńska Street, and the region of  gen. J. Haller Square. The Śródmieście district announces the repair of curbs in, among others, Polna Street and Jazdów Street. This year, Rembertów has been particularly involved in the project - the district will remove the barriers in, for instance Działyńczyków Street and B. Gembarzewskiego Street. Mokotów will handle the pedestrians crossings in Ksawerów Street, and Ursynów in ppłk. Z.S. Kiedacza Street, and a ramp is to be constructed in Wiolinowa Street, near Dom Sztuki.

The removal of barriers is not a huge investment - a reconstruction of the sidewalk at a pedestrian crossing constitutes, on average, an expense of 1.5–4 000 PLN. This does not reduce the significance of the project because a lowered curb and the assembly of warning lanes in front of the roadway edge facilitate movement for the disabled and elderly people, and for parents with prams. The authorities have chosen places where the barriers are burdensome but easy to be quickly liquidated so that the planned effect - facilitation of movement in the city - was obtained without the need to perform expensive works. So, curbs which are too high, rough sidewalks, and the lack of warning lanes are to be managed first.

This is the third edition of the project of liquidating architectonic barriers under the cooperation between the City of Warsaw and the founders of the Warsaw Barriers Map. Every year, the Council of the City of Warsaw spends 1 million PLN for this purpose. In 2014, barriers in 209 places of Warsaw were removed for 1 million PLN; in 2015, 211 barriers were removed for 1.4 million PLN.