Back to future overhaul of Prague’s Karlovo náměstí under consideration
Prague’s biggest square, Karlovo náměstí could be getting a facelift which could transform it from being a scrappy green traffic intersection into something much more attractive. Moves to push forward changes have taken another step with a lively three hour public meeting over the transformation.
But a series of proposals being studied by the local council are seeking to transform the square into something more than its separate parts. Prague Two deputy mayor Václav Vondrášek explained what the council is planning to do.
Such steps could at least mitigate some of the traffic blight being suffered now. Mr Vondrášek continues:
“The biggest problem now is undoubtedly traffic. There is a metro, some of the most used tram routes and road traffic linking the left and right banks of the Vltava”
After failing to get the traffic diverted elsewhere, the council is trying to blunt its noise and visual impact. One of the most praised - and probably expensive - transformation projects submitted to the council and public so far would see a wide, gradually sloping underpass built under the main road dividing the park’s two main sections. Another envisages a current metro vestibule at the edge of the square extended to give direct access to the park. But the eventual blueprint for change is likely to be a pick and mix of the best from the 22 proposals put forward, says Mr Vondrášek.
But before taking any bold steps the council is seeking to sound out conservation authorities about the possible changes. If and when these and other bodies are on board, a tender for the square’s transformation could be launched by the end of the year and work could begin in 2010.