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Roads changed to reduce air pollution

Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, head of the Reykjavík City Environmental Health and Protection Office, announced at a meeting with the inhabitants of the 3rd Reykjavík Neighborhood yesterday, that air pollution would be reduced.

The Environmental Office plans to construct underground road channels on the intersection of the heavy trafficked roads Miklabraut and Kringlumýrarbraut and to lower the speed limit in this area, which, according to Baldursson, will reduce air pollution. Morgunbladid reports.

The Environmental Office and the Icelandic Road Administration are currently discussing the length of the channels.

The channel underneath Miklabraut could go all the way from Snorrabraut in the west to Grensásvegur in the east and the channel underneath Kringlumýrarbraut all the way from Bústadarvegur in the south to Háaleitisbraut in the north.

Baldursson said buildings could possibly be constructed on top of the channels.

“We will work as fast as we can to establish channels underneath Miklubraut and Kringlumýrarbraut,” Baldursson said.

According to Morgunbladid, the number of cars in Reykjavík has increased by 33 percent from 1995 to 2004 and 73 percent of the city’s inhabitants drive to work alone in their cars.

Click here to read more about air pollution in Reykjavík.

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