The Municipality of Debrecen will carry out pavement renovations in new locations this year.
Head of the Fidesz-KDNP parliamentary group in the Debrecen Assembly Viktor Papp and Csaba Papp, the local government representative for the area, reported on the works on Hortobágy Street at a press conference on 5th June 2023.
As Viktor Papp said, the transport development programme is a priority for Debrecen; it is characterised by major intersection reconstructions, large-scale road renovations, road construction and road design. This year’s pavement reconstruction work, which is also part of this programme, started on 31st May on Újkert Street and then in other locations, some of which have already been completed. Overall, Debrecen has hundreds of kilometres of pavement with an average age of between 30 and 50 years.
In 2023, a gross amount of HUF 150 million is available in the city’s budget, and pavement reconstruction will be carried out at a total of 51 locations, which were selected based on dialogue with local government representatives and the public’s signals and requests. To make pedestrian traffic safer, the pavement between buildings 1 and 3 and 3 and 7 Hortobágy Street – on the side facing the car parks – will also be renewed as part of this programme. A large area of pavement – more than 500 square metres – is now being renewed, but there are also locations where the necessary repairs cover a few square metres. Papp also mentioned that, in parallel with the pavement renovation work, a public staircase renovation programme is also underway in the city from the beginning of this month.
Csaba Papp, the local councillor for the area, expressed his delight that this is not the first time in recent years that news has been published about the public space renovation work on Hortobágy Street. This is also important because there are more than 300 flats in a relatively small area, and the residents of these flats need to be provided with adequate space and conditions for pedestrian traffic and movement.
The current project, which is expected to be completed in a week, will not be able to renew the entire pavement section on the parking side of the street in one go, but the pavement on the other side of the row of houses has been renewed and paved in several stages in recent years. Csaba Papp is confident that the reconstruction of the pavement section on the parking side will be completed next year as a continuation of the current project. The gross cost of the current phase is HUF 12.5 million. He stressed that the pavements in Hortobágy Street would connect the Goose Garden and New Garden areas, which have been regenerated under the Green City Programme. This has created more than five kilometres of pavements and walkways where both young and old can walk and walk safely to stay healthy. As a doctor, Csaba Papp stressed that half an hour’s walk a day could help to maintain health and an hour’s walk a day can improve health.
Source and photo credit: debrecen.hu