Residents of Balashikha near Moscow defended three city parks, achieving the cancellation of the construction of an 8-lane highway through them

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Residents of Balashikha near Moscow defended three city parks, achieving the cancellation of the construction of an 8-lane highway through them

According to Moscow media, the project for a backup of the Shchelkovskoe highway was approved by Rosavtodor back in November 2023. It was necessary to resolve the issue of constant traffic jams for many kilometers in this area. Avtodor decided to raze part of Gorensky Park, Ozyorny Reserve and Pekhorka Park to the ground.

Residents became dissatisfied, which they tactfully and collectively expressed today at a meeting with the head of Balashikha, Moscow region, Sergei Yurov. The head of the city listened to everyone and suggested that Rosavtodor think carefully about the backup. So that the urban design of interchanges does not interfere with the ecosystem of the green kingdom. Otherwise, the already angry animals of the green world will come to sort it out: squirrels, wild boars and woodpeckers. The governor of the region, Andrei Vorobyov, was involved in resolving this issue. 

The issue of passing the backup through the center of Balashikha was reported to the governor of the Moscow region, Andrei Yuryevich Vorobyov. He instructed to find another solution, eliminating inconvenience for residents, in particular, to consider the possibility of modernizing the Shchelkovskoye highway in the existing alignment. The corresponding position has been sent to Rosavtodor,” wrote the head of the municipality, Sergei Yurov, in the district’s official Telegram channel.

As a result, this project was postponed for at least another five years. Instead, it is planned to work on the reconstruction and expansion of Shchelkovskoye Highway.

According to the unified regional municipal information system Regions.ru, the Rosavtodor project included measures to minimize environmental damage. It was planned to erect noise barriers and eco-arcs, as well as carry out reclamation work to restore damaged areas of soil.

The main purpose of the construction of the Shchelkovskoe highway backup was to relieve transit and freight traffic in the cities of Balashikha, Fryazya, Shchelkovo and others. Currently, there are hours-long traffic jams on Shchelkovskoe Highway during rush hours. Despite the ongoing compaction development in the region, the problem of traffic jams remains relevant.

 
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