The Slovak police have warned the public that during Pope Francis' visit to Slovakia, it is necessary to take into consideration limitations at the border crossings, where traffic will be suspended for the necessary amount of time.
On Sunday, September 12, freight transport will be limited from 15:00 and 16:00 at the Jarovce – Kittsee border crossing with Austria and the Čunovo – Rajka border crossing with Hungary in the direction of Slovakia.
Other limitations are expected on Tuesday, September 14 at the same border crossing in the direction of Slovakia between 6:30 and 8:00 and from 19:00 to 20:00.
Limitations will also impact the Brodské – Břeclav border crossing with the Czech Republic in the direction of Slovakia between 17:30 and 19:30.
On Wednesday, September 15, traffic will be limited at the border crossings Jarovce – Kittsee and Čunovo-Rajka between 6:00 and 8:00 and between 12:30 to 13:30. In the case of the Brodské-Břeclav border crossing, traffic will be limited between 11:00 and 13:00.
“The given times are only estimations; they may change operationally according to the programme,” police spokesperson Denisa Bárdyová said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
Police called on the public to reconsider travelling during the given times if it is not necessary. They recommend avoiding places with traffic limitations to minimise subsequent delays.
Limitations in the capital
The police stressed that transport will be limited within the capital too. Besides limitations in public transport, safety measures will also impact drivers.
On Sunday, September 12, delays should be expected mainly on the D1 highway bypass and the D2 highway from the border crossing with Austria and Hungary, in the Mlynská Dolina valley and in the Old Town around the Horský Park.
On the morning of Monday, September 13, traffic delays are expected, especially in Old Town and around Horský Park, the wider vicinity of Hodžovo Námestie, and on Staromestská Street. Afternoon delays will likely occur in Petržalka around Panónska Road and Rovniankova Street.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 14, traffic delays are expected especially in Old Town and around Horský Park, in Mlynská Dolina, on D2 highway stretch between Lamač and the border crossings with Austria and Hungary, and the D1 stretches up to the Zlaté Piesky exit. In the evening (between around 19:00 and 20:00), delays will likely occur on the D1 and D2 stretches, in Mlynská Dolina and around Horský Park.
On the morning of Wednesday, September 15, there will be some limitations on the border crossings Jarovce – Kittsee and Čunovo – Rajka for freight transport, and on the streets of Lesná, Prokopa Veľkého, Brnianska, Lamačská, and the Patrónka intersection. There will also be limitations on the D2 highway towards the Kúty exit. The Veľké Leváre – Bratislava stretch will be closed at around 8:00.
Between noon and 14:00, there will be limitations on the D1 highway around the airport.
Limitations in Košice
On Monday, September 13, roads around the Lokomotíva stadium will be closed from September 13 at 6:00 to September 15 at 6:00. These are namely the streets Za Štadiónom, Kavečianska, Kostolianska, and Čermeľská Cesta.
Moreover, on Tuesday, September 14, people should prepare for limitations on the roads around the Košice airport in the morning; roads will be closed in the Pereš borough. In the afternoon, roads will be closed on the stretch between Zelený dvor, Prešovská Cesta, Hlinková Street, and Komenského Street (from 12:00). From 15:00, roads between Komenského Street, Hlinková Street, Prešovská Cesta, Južné Nábrežie, Mosty VSS, Červený Rak, Trieda KVP the and Luník IX neighbourhood will be closed.
Limitations near Šaštín
Šaštín will be closed from September 14 at 16:00. The parking lots for visitors to the Wednesday mass will open from September 14 at 18:00.
The biggest traffic restrictions will be in place from 13:00 on September 15.
Between 11:00 and 13:00, the Brodské – Břeclav border crossing will be closed for both freight and passenger transport.