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Stream in Reykjavík to be uncovered?

MP Björn Ingi Hrafnsson has suggested that an underground stream in Reykjavik, after which the downtown road Laekjargata is named, should be uncovered.

The stream, which once flowed through the city, was covered by concrete in 1911, to build Laekjargata road, RÚV reports.

Recently, parts of a cemented-over river in Aarhus, Denmark, have been uncovered, so that people can walk alongside it or cross it using on of the numerous footbridges.

Uncovering the river was successful, though there are only 11 meters between buildings at some points on either side of the river.

According to proponents of uncovering the underground river in Reykjavík, there is much more space in Laekjargata, where there are never less than 50 meters between buildings.

Hrafnsson’s suggestion of uncovering the stream is not new; the idea was first aired 20 years ago.

Then people were worried by-passers would use the stream to throw rubbish into.

As that has not proven to be the case in Aarhus, it is hoped that uncovering the stream in Laekjargata could also prove to be a success.

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