Specialists have concluded that another stretch of Prague’s Evropská Street presents a serious hazard for motorists and maintenance workers have been called in to fix it. Part of the busy road collapsed last Sunday creating a several-metre wide crater. Luckily no one was hurt in the incident. Construction experts investigating the accident have ruled out that the road collapsed in connection with the construction of the metro nearby. They ascribe it to hollows beneath the asphalt which must have filled with water after several days of heavy rain.
On Tuesday this week Prague’s Národní třída metro station –one of the busiest in the city centre –closed its doors to the public for two long years. The closure is due to a large developer’s project in the close vicinity of the station where work has already started on a four-storey administrative and shopping centre.
Prague’s Evropská street remains closed to traffic, with the exception of local trams, after a sinkhole five metres deep collapsed a section of the road on Sunday. Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda told Czech Radio on Monday the incident was in all likelihood not related to construction of a new metro tunnel 12 metres below the surface. Construction there is being conducted by Metrostav which in the past was linked to a number of similar incidents in the city. Prague's Evropská street connects the centre of Prague with Ruzyně international airport and is one of the city’s most heavily-used routes. Buses and cars should be allowed back by the end of the week.
Prague's Evropská street connecting the centre of the city with Ruzyně international airport has been closed for traffic on Sunday after a large sinkhole appeared there on Sunday. The crater of around four metres across and five metres deep, and the police closed the street in both directions, warning that traffic jams could form in neighbouring streets. It's not clear what caused the road's surface to collapse.
Prague authorities are planning to re-examine all taxi drivers in their knowledge of the capital next year, the ČTK news agency reported on Saturday quoting draft legislation. Cab drivers with valid licenses will also have to pass the tests as the validity of their certification will be cut short by the bill. The planed move has been criticized by the city’s taxi drivers association which says the new legislation will do nothing to limit the numbers of illegal drivers.
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