The project details were presented at a press conference by Mayor of Debrecen László Papp and Deputy Mayor of Debrecen Lajos Barcsa, the municipal representative of the area, on the 27th of September 2023.

As László Papp said in his opening remarks, the Municipality of Debrecen has been working for years to improve the city’s transport system, an intensive process that started in 2016-2017 with the reconstruction of major transport hubs, the construction of the Western Rail Link and the renovation of high-capacity roads. 

This year, three phases of a very significant road reconstruction and construction programme, planned for six phases in total, will be completed, including next year. 

This year, the focus is specifically on areas that both continue to carry heavy traffic and can serve significant public needs. The latter includes Bezerédj Street, one of the key issues for road construction here has been the design of the necessary road width.  With the help of Lajos Barcsa, the deputy mayor of the area and the local government representative, an agreement was reached with the local property owners to transfer the land needed to build the road to the appropriate width from their plots to the municipality so that work could begin. 

The first stage of the process will involve mapping the location of the utilities and some archaeological work, as the street is also registered as an archaeological site. The section of Bezerédj Street concerned is a complex development involving the reconstruction of fences, the reconstruction of drinking water pipes, stormwater drainage, the protection of the communications network, the reconstruction of gas supply lines, the electricity network support poles and the lighting network, followed by the construction of the road itself. All these works also indicate that the construction of the 4 m wide asphalt section with pavement, with a total length of almost 440 m – more than half of the total length of Bezerédj Street – will cost HUF 250 million, including additional costs, which the municipality will fully finance. 

The mayor thanked the residents of the street for their cooperation during the preparation of the works, especially in relation to the transfer of the necessary land, and for their patience, as they have been waiting for this project for a long time. As László Papp said, the works that have just started will be completed by the end of May 2024, and after that, this very special, very beautiful suburban area will be able to benefit from an infrastructure worthy of the city.

“It had taken years to prepare this development, and a significant part of this was gaining the cooperation of the residents – and almost 100 per cent of this was achieved – to provide the necessary width for the road construction,” Deputy Mayor Lajos Barcsa said.  He continued, explaining that In return for the free transfer of the necessary land, the road and the associated investments mentioned above will give the street’s residents an increase in the value of their property. Lajos Barcsa thanked the residents for their cooperation. He also mentioned that the municipality had involved the residents in the planning of the project and thanked Mayor László Papp for the funds that had been raised. 

Lajos Barcsa stated that in recent years there had been several transport development projects in his district. For example, the construction of a turning lane on Bartók Béla Street towards Pesti Street, the connection of Bartók Béla Street to the city centre for cyclists, the complete reconstruction of the Köntösgát street and the paving of a missing section of Diófa Street. In practice, there are hardly any areas in the district where road construction or transport interventions are still needed. An example of the latter is the resurfacing of the end of Kiss Ernő Street towards Bartók Béla Road, which could be completed in the near future, at the request of the residents.

Source an photo credit: debrecen.hu

Author: Debrecen4U