PROJECT TITLE: ” Integrated rehabilitation of the pedestrian area in the historic centre of Constanţa Municipality – stage II”
I. Site description:
The pedestrian area in the historic centre includes an area of maximum historical and cultural meaning of Constanţa Municipality, being located in the narrowest area of the peninsula entering into the Black Sea. Currently, the historic centre of Constanța Municipality represents the main promenade area for the inhabitants of Constanţa Municipality and for the visitors during the summer season.
The area served by the streets included in the project represents one of the areas with a very high touristic potential. Practically, this area concentrates the most touristic objectives (museums, places of worship, archaeological sites). It is an area with intense pedestrian traffic for both the inhabitants of Constanța Municipality and tourists. Streets make the connection between the main promenade area – Casino area and the area of the Touristic Port of Tomis: Dragoș Vodă Entry, Plevnei Street, Mihail Kogălniceanu Street, Virtuții Street, Dragoș Vodă Street, Ecaterina Varga Street, Negru Vodă Street, Vasile Turcanu Street, Poștei Street, Calatis Street, Doinei Street, C.A. Rosetti Street, Zambaccian Street, Sulmona Street, Orientului Street, Crângului Street, 9 Mai Street, Gheorghe Șonțu Street, Prof. Ion Cantacuzino Street, Teodorescu Valahu (Luntrei) Street, Cristea Georgescu Street, Grigore Tocilescu Street, Horia Street, Constantin Brâncoveanu Street, Reiner Francisc Street, Basarabi Street, Traian Street (Constanța Court), as well as the alleys of the area limited by Regina Elisabeta Street, Remus Opreanu Street, Reiner Francisc Street and Cristea Georgescu Street, pavement on the platform of Anghel Saligny statue, sidewalks associated with Traian Street, access stairs from Termele Romane Street and access stairs towards Regina Elisabeta Boulevard.
II. Necessity and opportunity of the investment objective
The pedestrian infrastructure associated with the pedestrian area in the historic centre has a very low quality, with large deteriorated areas and the public areas are not accessible for disabled persons.
This aspect has the following effects:
- Low safety, low comfort and low level of the pedestrian services;
- Urban environment of low quality in the historic areas, with architectural heritage.
Also, it is necessary to integrate the pedestrian area arranged in the historic centre through the project “Integrated rehabilitation of the pedestrian area in the historic centre of Constanţa Municipality”, so that the entire pedestrian network in the Peninsular area provides access, safety and comfort for inhabitants and tourists.
III. Correlation with other investment objectives
Constanța Municipality has elaborated or in process of elaboration a series of strategic documents, such as the Integrated Urban Development Strategy (SIDU) and the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, update of the city planning documentation – General Urban Plan (document having a steering character which shall include, in a synthetic form, all strategic documents elaborated for Constanța Municipality), documents which shall be the basis for the city short, medium and long term development. By these policy documents, the Territorial Administrative Unit Constanța Municipality aims a series of major investments in the transport infrastructure in order to improve the indicators regarding the people and goods mobility, with the purpose of increasing the life quality of its inhabitants and visitors.
Part of the package of projects designed as an integrated whole at SIDU level, the project supports the sustainable urban development within the measure regarding urban mobility, complementary to the measures promoting the physical renovation of the urban areas, economic development, social inclusion and rehabilitation of the educational infrastructure.
The project comes to continue some initiatives of the municipality implemented from various financing sources during the previous budgetary period, respectively 2007 -2013, such as:
- Integrated restoration and rehabilitation of the historical area – Ovidiu Square;
- Restoration and rehabilitation of the promenade and green areas around Vraja Mării – Cazino – Tomis Port area
- Integrated rehabilitation of the pedestrian area in the historic centre of Constanţa Municipality – stage I
Through the proposed objectives and activities, the project integrates with the following projects in process of implementation at the level of the Territorial Administrative Unit Constanța Municipality:Port-Cities:
- Sustaining Innovation (PORTIS) – financed by HORIZON 2020 programme – MG.5.5 – 2015 Demonstrating and testing innovative solutions for a cleaner and better urban transport and mobility;
- BERD– modernising and reorganising the RATC [*The Autonomous Transportation Enterprise of Constanta] fleet according to Regulation no. 1370/2007.
At the same time, project “Integrated rehabilitation of the pedestrian area in the historic centre of Constanţa Municipality – stage II” is part of the short term action plan of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for the Constanţa Growth Pole.
The project is complementary to the following investments which are in the financing preparation stage for the fiscal period 2014-2020:
- Pedestrian access and mobility in the central area of Constanța Municipality,
- Mobility improvement in Constanţa Municipality, between the Railway Station and Mamaia Resort.
- Increasing the energy efficiency of the State Theatre, Constanţa
- Increasing the energy efficiency of the building of “Traian” Theoretical High School, Constanța
- Restoration of the Folk Art Museum of Constanța
- Rehabilitation, modernisation and equipping the “Mihai Eminescu” National College
IV. Brief description of the investment objective
The main objective of the project is the development of an urban mobility a lot less dependent on the use of personal motor vehicles, by changing the focus from a mobility mainly based on using the personal motor vehicles to a mobility based on walking, using the bicycle as a mean of transportation, using a high quality public transportation, reducing the use of personal motor vehicles, at the same time with the use of some categories of non-polluting motor vehicles.
- Rearranging the streets as semi-pedestrian “shared-spaces” dedicated to pedestrians, persons using the bicycle and road traffic (much diminished), without level differences between the pedestrian space and the one dedicated to motorised travels, as well as creating pedestrian routes;
- Installation of elements increasing the pedestrian comfort level;
- Installation of urban furniture;
- Installation of accessibility components;
- Punctual construction/modernisation/extension of public lighting associated with the pedestrian routes/areas, if necessary.
The investment objective aims to improve the quality of the urban area by promoting alternative transportation means, therefore generating the conditions for reducing the CO2-equivalent emissions.
Therefore, among the positive effects foreseen as the investment objective is achieved are the following:
- improvement of pedestrian infrastructure;
- accessibility of the urban areas, especially for disabled persons;
- creation of bicycle facilities (separate tracks, bicycle parking spaces etc.);
- increasing the number of the persons using the bicycle as a mean of transportation;
- improvement of public passenger transportation efficiency;
- reduction of the transit time for the public passenger transportation
- improvement of accessibility to public passenger transportation;
- increasing the number of the public transportation system users.
Development of urban mobility should become a lot less dependent on the use of personal motor vehicles, by changing the focus from a mobility mainly based on using the personal motor vehicles to a mobility based on walking, using the bicycle as a mean of transportation, high quality public transportation, reducing the use of personal motor vehicles.
VI. Identification of the financing sources
The project is part of the short term action plan of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for the Constanţa Growth Pole and shall be submitted for financing through the Priority Axis 4 – Supporting the sustainable urban development within the Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020, Investment priority 4e. Promoting strategies with carbon dioxide emissions for all types of territory, especially for the urban areas, including promoting the sustainable multimodal urban mobility and the adaptation measures relevant for attenuation.