Two big concurrent construction projects will complicate traffic in Bratislava as of mid February. Continuing reconstruction of Mlynské Nivy Street will close this street and work on the Bratislava ring road D4/R7 will restrict traffic close to the Prístavný Most (Port Bridge). Bratislava city council wants to motivate people to switch from passenger cars to public transport during the extensive closures and thus mitigate pressure on the roads. Traffic experts estimate that traffic restrictions in the city will increase traffic jams in Bratislava by about 20 percent. Traffic apps, for example the free Waze app, will show the best bypasses.
Mlynské Nivy Street will be closed for six months to all traffic as of February 15. Public transport buses, trolley buses and taxis will bypass the closed street via Páričkova Street while other traffic will go via Landererova Street.
During the following six months public transport will be allowed to return to Mlynské Nivy Street. The closure will affect the bus routes Nr 50, 70, 88, X72, trolley buses Nr 205 and the night bus N61 in the affected areas.
Prístavný Most bridge
Work on the Bratislava ring road D4/R7 will restrict traffic close to the Prístavný Most (Port Bridge). As of February 15, 20:00, the roundabout (interchange Prievoz) under the Prístavný Most will be closed completely as well as some exit roads from the Prístavný Most in the direction of the Slovnaft refinery and Prístavná Street. The closure is planned for about six months. Work on the streets around Prístavný Most is planned for two years and will be divided into six phases. As constructions that are built during the individual phases will be gradually put into operation, restrictions should lessen over time.
Special bus lanes
Special bus lanes on Bajkalská and Gagarinova streets have been created to enable public transport vehicles to pass them smoothly but may complicate traffic. The city is also launching parking zones on the outskirts of the city with good connections to public transport. These will be at the cemetery in Vrakuňa, Baltská Street and Zlaté Piesky.
Buses and trolleybuses 201, 202, 212, 75 and X72, i.e. those passing Gagarinova Street, which is expected to be the most affected street during the closures, will be free for passengers from February 18 until the end of March. This way, Bratislava city council wants to motivate people to switch from passenger cars to public transport during the extensive closures. Simultaneously, Bratislava Integrated Transport (BID), the coordinator of integrated transport in Bratislava and its vicinity, will offer 50-percent discounts on a weekly ticket bought via its mobile app IDS BK for the same time period.
Where to find more information
Bratislava city council has launched a website, www.zvladneme.to, which in English means “We will manage it”, with information about the traffic restrictions, proposed solutions and maps and advice for travellers. However, the website is only in Slovak. Even though there is an icon for an English version, instead of the latest traffic information, visitors are re-directed to information about tourist attractions and cultural events in Bratislava from the website www.visitbratislava.com. Information in English can be found on the Facebook site of the Bratislava city council. The city council has also launched a hotline 0800 242 000. Some English information can be found on the website of the D4/R7 project, www.d4r7.com.
15. Feb 2019 at 0:07 | Compiled by Spectator staff