Street of the People’s Militia began its transformation into part of the high-speed chord highway. On March 18, construction began on the third of five sections of the Northwest Chord. The first section - the Alabyano-Baltic Tunnel - is almost ready for delivery, but if you open it now, large "bottlenecks" are formed at the exit on Narodnaya Militia Street on the west side and Bolshaya Akademicheskaya in the east. And if the last work has been ongoing for a long time and this year they plan to finish the construction, then they still have not taken up the street of the People’s Militia.
Moscow Deputy Mayor for Construction Marat Khusnullin promised that they would begin to reconstruct it last year, however, the deadlines were repeatedly postponed. In order for the launch of the giant roundabout at the Sokol metro station to have at least some effect, the People’s Militia street is being expanded at an accelerated pace. The stretch of two and a half kilometers from Alabyan Street to the junction at the intersection with Zvenigorodskoye Shosse (aka Marshal Zhukov Avenue) will be expanded to four lanes in each direction. True, one of the four lanes will go not to motorists, but to passengers of the capital's public transport.
The whole of last year was spent in rallies of local residents against the North-Western chord, which provided for trestles, passing at a distance of 10-15 m from the windows of houses. Protesting residents have achieved their goal - the organization of overpasses is not provided for in the existing reconstruction plan. In the area of dense residential development, the designers chose the most preferable for Muscovites, although a more expensive option is the construction of tunnels. There is only one tunnel planned at the third starting section of the chordal highway - at the intersection of Narodnaya Militia Street and Berzarin Street. Its length will be almost 800 m. It will have three lanes in both directions, and two more lanes will remain at ground level for public transport and the connection of the high-speed chord with the local street network.
After reconstruction on the street of the national militia there will not be a single traffic light
Traffic on the highway will become trafficless. To do this, all existing ground crossings will be replaced by non-street ones - either underground or above ground, until this is determined. There will be six in total, while the maximum distance from one passage to another is no more than 400 m. And for the time of reconstruction, for the convenience of residents, several temporary elevated passages will be erected along the street.
Some discontented people are still protesting, saying that the construction of the Northwest Chord will not improve, but worsen, the connection between the Krylatskoye, Schukino, Sokol and Khoroshevo-Mnevniki districts. They also rely on the fact that reconstruction will cause irreparable harm to the environment. These fears are refuted by the head of the integrated design department of the NPO Cosmos, which is involved in the North-West Chord project, Sergey Chebotarev. According to him, "the tunnel planned by the project will absorb the flow of transport and harmful car exhausts with it, and trafficless traffic will eliminate the effect of acceleration-braking, while also reducing the amount of harmful emissions into the atmosphere." In compensation for the felled trees, Chebotarev promises to carry out landscaping and improvement of the territories adjacent to the chord.
Sergey Nastin, editor: