The Centre for Budapest Transport (abbreviated to BKK in Hungarian) announced that the renovation of the Chain Bridge might be followed by the reconstruction of the Petőfi Bridge. The development of plans for the renovation of the bridge and its surroundings will be preceded by an extensive consultation involving residents. On 22 April 2020, they announced a public consultation concerning the reconstruction of the Petőfi Bridge and Boráros Square. The answers to the traffic-focused questions will be used by BKK during the final elaboration of the renovation plans.
People can submit their opinions and ideas concerning the renovation of the Petőfi Bridge, Boráros Square, and its surroundings to the bkk.hu/fejleszteseink/tarsadalmi-egyeztetes-petofi-hid-tersege/ website between 22 April and 12 May 2020, Portfolio reported. BKK will process the ideas and observations in connection with the current situation during the elaboration phase of the final plans that will serve as the basis for future construction plans.
The results of the consultation will be available on BKK’s website, and the renovation plans will probably be published this autumn.
The current structure of the Petőfi Bridge and its surroundings was developed in the early 1980s. At the time, Petőfi Bridge was the last crossing facility on the River Danube between the city and the eastern and western parts of the country, and the road network connected to the bridge was designed accordingly. The width of the roadway was broadened, and the tramway tracks were replaced.
Underpasses were constructed for pedestrian traffic at the bridgeheads, and motorway junction-like exits were built at Boráros Square. Thus, the connections and surroundings of the bridge do not meet the current requirements of urban planning and development. BKK also plans to reduce the traffic on Közraktár Street or develop the H6 and H7 HÉV (Budapest Railway of Local Interest) lines.