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CIVITAS Case Study - New Traffic Organisation and Strategy in Gorna Oryahovitsa

During recent years the motorisation rate in the Gorna Oryahovitsa area increased more than three times, reaching the level of 50 vehicles per 100 inhabitants. This exceeds the average rate for Bulgaria. New industrial areas emerged in the town itself and adjacent territories, resulting in increased car and truck traffic flows that the existing infrastructure cannot cope with. Currently Gorna Oryahovitsa has 386.7 km street network and 1,245 parking lots. Both local and transit freight traffic passes through the downtown and residential areas causing incident traffic problems, air and noise pollution. Traffic jams occur and high levels of air pollution is measured during peak periods. A new traffic organisation scheme was a key aspect of Gorna Oryahovitsa's CIVITAS activities. At the same time, a feasibility study for a ring/by-pass road will be undertaken. This will aid in the reduction of the number of heavy goods vehicles crossing sensitive urban areas.

This case study was prepared by Gorna Oryahovitsa as part of the CIVITAS RENAISSANCE project.