Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Traffic to be banned on part of major Roman thoroughfare


Rome, July 5 - Blocking private vehicles from a
stretch of Rome's sweeping Via dei Fori Imperiali that runs
alongside the historic Roman Forum will slash traffic by 90%,
the city's new mayor said Friday.
"That seems a good result," said Ignazio Marino, who wants
keep the thoroughfare for pedestrian and cyclist use only for
the month of August.
Previously, he had suggested the ban on traffic begin
August 15.
A meeting of municipal officials on the subject is set for
Via dei Fori Imperiali was constructed by Mussolini between
1924 and 1932 directly through the Imperial Forums to link them,
the nearby Roman Forum, and the Colosseum to his office in
Palazzo Venezia just north of the Capitoline Hill.
The street's heavy traffic has been blamed for causing
damage to surrounding structures because of pollution and
vibration over the decades.
The ban plan would also keep the road open to cyclists such
as Marino, who has made a habit of commuting to work by bike.

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