The My Street programme provides for the restoration of 70 historical facades and other urban elements, including paving blocks, benches and railings. Special attention will be paid to lighting. This year, 16 streets in the centre of Moscow including Manezhnaya Square, Mokhovaya, Tverskaya and Okhotny Ryad streets will receive streetlamps which will be made from early 20th century designs obtained from the Lights of Moscow Museum. In addition, some building facades will feature architectural and artistic lighting.
The buildings are located on Malaya Dmitrovka, Mokhovaya, Znamenka, Vozdvizhenka, Serafimovicha, Taganskaya streets and Taganskaya Square, the Boulevard Ring, Chernigovsky, Voznesensky, Gazetny and Nikitsky side streets.
The improvements will not be limited to the central districts. There are plans to provide illumination for Moscow Ring Road interchanges and landscape lighting of vehicle entrances to seven motorways including the Varshavskoye, Kashirskoye, Mozhaiskoye, Rublyovskoye, Leningradskoye, and Yaroslavskoye motorways and Leninsky Prospekt.
High-tech LED lights will be used, and high pressure energy efficient sodium lamps have mostly been used in street lighting. In the past few years, a shift to LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures has been carried out. The latter are 2.5 times more expensive than sodium lamps, but consume 40 percent less energy and are much more enduring. Another advantage is that LEDs are among the top eco-friendly light sources as they consist of safe elements. LEDs can easily change colours which creates design diversity. The choice of illumination mostly depends on the building’s architecture and colour pattern. Facades on the above streets will be given warm white hues.