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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Streets in City Center to Become One-Way

With an ear to the complaints of drivers stuck in downtown traffic jams, city authorities and the traffic police plan to turn the main roads in the city center into one-way streets starting next month, officials said.

All roads within the Garden Ring will become one-way streets by 2005, and the Garden Ring itself might become one-way in five to seven years, said Alexander Belyayev, head of the city's transport and communications department.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov floated a proposal for one-way traffic on the Garden Ring earlier this year.

Belyayev said steps would be taken to ease traffic congestion on the Garden Ring, including the removal of all crosswalks in 2004 and 2005 and the construction of at least seven underpasses for pedestrians.

The authorities also plan to set up a left turn lane from the inner side of the Garden Ring to Yauzskaya Naberezhnaya.

The first streets that will become one-way in July are located north of the Kremlin in the central administrative district, Belyayev said in presenting the rerouting plan to reporters Wednesday.

He said those streets also include the Kremlyovskaya and Moskvoretskaya embankments located south of the Kremlin, and that cars soon would be able to travel from the Boulevard Ring along Novokuznetskaya Ulitsa to Paveletsky Station.

Belyayev gave few details about which other streets would be initially affected under the city's two-year plan. Kommersant reported Thursday, however, that they include Bolshaya Nikitskaya, Malaya Nikitskaya, Prechistenka, Ostozhenka, Nikolo-Yamskaya and Verkhnaya Radishchevskaya streets.

Also, cars driving along the Serebryannicheskaya and Moskvoretskaya embankments will be able to turn onto the Vysokoyauzsky and Bolshoi Ustyinsky bridges, respectively, Kommersant said.

Belyayev could not be reached for comment Thursday, and his spokesman, Ivan Lovkov, refused to comment.

A traffic police official said her force has approved the plan that Belyayev presented Wednesday, but would not elaborate.

In the longer term, city authorities plan to dismantle 5 kilometers of tram rails running along Leningradsky Prospekt from the Sokol metro station toward the Moscow Ring Road by 2008.

This will allow the city to add eight lanes to the busy street. A tunnel under Leningradsky Prospekt used by drivers of the so-called Third Ring Road might also be widened.