Tramvia, here are the details of the work for the new Fortezza-San Marco line

Thanks to the Florence tram, we have around 12,500 fewer cars a day on the city streets. For this we want to continue with the completion of all lines“, It is a Dario Nardella smiling at the photo posted on the Instagram account of the first citizen of Florence who remembered four years ago the inauguration of T1 line of the tram, the one connecting Careggi with the Villa Costanza car park. It was July 16, 2018. In February of the following year, it was the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella who made the maiden voyage on the second Florentine tram line, from Vespucci Airport to Piazza dell’Unità.

The tramway was a real revolution for the mobility of the capital, “an essential service – added Nardella – for many citizens: in May this year alone, it carried over 2 million passengers“And for its future, Florence will focus more and more on this successful revolution. The initial work on the line will start on 19 July. Fortress-Piazza Libertà-San Marco, the so-called variant of the historical center. The construction site itself will be inaugurated on Thursday 21 July in the presence of the Minister Giovanniniexcept for events related to the government crisis.

The tramway in numbers: 12,500 fewer cars a day on the streets. 2 million passengers in May 2022 alone

The path of the new line

The new line includes a double-track route, which starts from the intersection of Viale Strozzi on the T1 line, runs all the way along Viale Lavagnini, passes approx. piazza della Libertà up to the beginning of viale G. Matteotti, where the two numbers are separated. The outgoing track towards the historic center goes down via Cavour to Piazza San Marco, then goes up via La Pira and via La Marmora until it reaches viale Matteotti again where it finds the double-track headquarters. A total of 2.5 kilometers and six stops .

A strategic line for the connection of southern Florence

This is a special strategic line for the entire Florentine tram system since will connect the Careggi area with the southern part of Florence, and the lines to Rovezzano and Bagno a Ripoli will branch off from Piazza della Libertà , the latter included among the works approved to fund the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr), and on which the new trams designed by Hitachi Rail with battery and without airflow will be used. The line to Campi Bisenzio will also be funded by PNRR, consisting of a first part that will connect the Porta al Prato area, via Leopolda station, to Le Piagge, and a second part, Piagge-Campi Bisenzio.

The detail of the starting points

If we return to the works departing for the Fortezza-San Marco line, the first “phase zeroAnd in addition to the preparation of the construction sites, it will focus in particular on Piazza della Libertà (July 19), Viale Lavagnini, Largo Martiri delle Foibe and the reconstruction work on Viale Milton (from July 21). This is followed by the construction site on Piazza San Marco (the basilica side) and the asphalting work in via Lorenzo il Magnifico, via Pier Capponi, via Frà Bartolommeo and via Leonardo Da Vinci (scheduled for the last week of July). These works, reports a note from Palazzo Vecchio, will last 45 days. As for Piazza della Libertà, there are two areas involved: the first is the car park on the side of Via Lorenzo Il Magnifico, which will be closed for transit from 19 July to carry out the planned urban planning work. The second area is the one in front of Parterre, where interventions in the underground services are planned.

The next construction package starts on Thursday 21 July . This is Viale Lavagnini, where a narrowing of the carriageway (there are three tracks left towards Piazza della Libertà) will be established from via Duca d’Aosta to Piazza della Libertà on the middle side of the work in connection with the events (public lighting). Then Largo Martiri delle Foibe, where there will be no transit and parking bans for adapting the car park to the terminus of public transport buses.

In the case of Piazza San Marco, the construction phase in the first phase will involve the area in front of the basilica: for the first two days, the demolition of the traffic divisions is planned, followed by the construction site itself for the interventions on the underground supplies and subsequent urban redevelopment work.

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