Repairs to Dondukov Boulevard: ‘All of Sofia is closed’

Written by on August 27, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Repairs to Dondukov Boulevard: ‘All of Sofia is closed’

Repairs to Dondukov Boulevard are on schedule, according to mayor Yordanka Fandukova, who inspected work this weekend.

By the end of October, Bulgarian capital city Sofia is supposed to have a wholly renovated boulevard.

The working hours for construction workers were now extended, in order to make sure the mayor can keep her word. The endeavour does take time, since absolutely everything is being replaced, including the water pipes under Dondukov Boulevard, the cobblestones serving as the surface of this important link road between Sofia’s center and the north-eastern part of the city, and the pavements.

In order to make sure Dondukov does not return to the state of Swiss cheese as quickly as new streets in Sofia usually do, the workers have built a cement foundation, which is supposed to do wonders. That way, the boulevard will supposedly even support the weight of lorries.

Those new tram tracks in the middle of the already renovated stretch were first propped up on pieces of wood, and then fixed, before the cobblestone was laid around them. It remains to be seen how shaky tram rides will be in the future, or whether they will finally be as smooth as they should.

So far, the short stretch between Krakra Street and Vassil Levski Boulevard is being worked on, as well as the long stretch between Rakovski Street and Veslets Street.

Work has reached the intersection of Dondukov and Veslets, where the traffic flow is not exactly improving, as a result. Pedestrians can hardly cross Dondukov, since the long construction stretch is fenced in. Some pedestrians improvise, by just squeezing through cavities in the fence.

Drivers heading East on the part of Dondukov, which is still open, will have to turn right on Vassil Levski Boulevard, then left on Yanko Sakuzov Boulevard, where traffic is hell as a result, and try to get into Krakra Street, in order to get back on Sakuzov.

Residents are even more annoyed than drivers, because of the constant noise and the size of the construction project. Bulgarian National Television (BNT) quoted a woman as saying “I did not think all of Sofia should be closed”. A man, who lives on Dondukov as well, told BNT the noise went on late into the night. He and his neighbours could not sleep, as a result.

Soon, the stretch between Rakovski Street and Vassil Levski Boulevard will be closed and refurbished.

In the meantime, the intersection at Eagle’s Bridge, which was renovated as well, was supposed to return to normal today.

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