On 19 June, the city began preparations for building an interconnected pedestrian area that will connect the Kremlin and Red Square with Zaryadye Park. This promenade, due to include the Rybny and Bogoyavlensky streets and also Birzhevaya Square, will become the main walking route towards the park from Ploshchad Revolyutsii metro station.
The route is to link Zaryadye Park with Nikolskaya Street (between Red Square and Lubyanskaya Square) that has been closed off to traffic since 2013.
Construction workers have now started renovating and relaying utility facilities on Birzhevaya Square and the Rybny and Bogoyavlensky streets. These preliminary works precede a large-scale construction project under the My Street programme.
Construction sites will be fenced off, with pedestrians having to use temporary wooden tunnels with ramps and exits. Utility companies will replace the local gas and water pipelines, and will dig underground cable ditches, so that the overhead cables will no longer be visible.
After this, the main work will begin. Curbstones will be installed; streets will be paved with large granite blocks, new street benches and energy-saving lamps will be installed. During the final stage, trees will be planted on Birzhevaya Square and the Rybny and Bogoyavlensky streets this coming autumn. The streets usually do not have heavy traffic and will not be closed off during the road works.
The renovated Rybny and Bogoyavlensky streets will have wider pavements and will be available to the following vehicle categories:
- Special-purpose vehicles
- Vehicles delivering foods and goods to local cafés and shops
- Vehicles of people with disabilities and their escorts.
The pavements will be on the same level as the street.
Birzhevaya Square will turn completely into a pedestrian area with a fountain and benches under leafy trees.
“Birzhevaya Square, one of the city’s few small cozy squares, will become the centre of a new pedestrian zone. We want to turn it into the main landmark of the Kitai-Gorod historical district, and there are plans to install a fountain in the centre of the square,” a spokesperson for the Moscow Department for Major Construction Projects.
There are plans to complete most of the Zaryadye Park sections and finish improving the nearby streets in time for City Day in September. A fence was removed around Zaryadye Park last week. The projects currently in progress are landscape areas, a suspension bridge and an ice cave. Last month, workers started renovating and relaying utility mainlines on Kitaigorodsky Proyezd, on Varvarka Street, Moskvoretskaya Street and the Moskvoretskaya Embankment. These streets are also located near Zaryadye Park.