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Reconstruction works in Bartók Béla t commenced in May 2002. The works took about 7 months, where 400 employees of 47 companies were continuously working even overtime, in-cluding weekends, to complete the wall-to-wall street reconstruction as soon as possible.

Tram tracks reconstructed

A rail system with flexible bedding, fastened on a reinforced concrete slab was constructed on a section of about 2 km length. Thanks to the built-in rubber blocks the trams generate less noise and vibrations. About 3500 cu.m. concrete, 1800 cu.m. reinforced concrete, 600 cu.m. asphalt and more than 500 tons of rail were built in by the contractors. The whole wire and cable system providing energy supply for trams has been replaced, too. Tram tracks are now being covered by asphalt pavement and separated from the roadway by hemispheric concrete elements. Thus after the start of operation of Metro 4 Line, the track lane will be able to function as a public transport lane, also used by buses. The platforms received up-to-date passenger shelters for and automatic ticket vending machines.

Renewed roadway and tram track in Bartók Béla út
Renewed roadway and tram track in Bartók Béla út

New road pavement

The roadway received a new pavement, which resulted in a safer and faster car traffic along Bartók Béla út. The obsolete and worn out block pavement was replaced with a new roadway structure on a surface area of about 45,000 sq.m. The roadway was covered by the contractors with 10,000 cu.m. state-of-the-art durable asphalt pavement, replacing the sidewalk curbs, as well. Due to this renewal, the former irregular traffic engineering condition could be eliminated and continuous 2 2 lanes can now be used by car drivers along the entire length of Bartók Béla út. Parking areas and the bus terminal in Kosztolányi Dezső tér have been renewed, as well. A new public lighting system providing three times as much luminosity on sidewalks have been installed.

Pedestrian underpass in Mórizs Zsigmond körtér

Passengers can use this underpass for crossing the square more safely and with more comfort. The configuration of the underpass has been adjusted to the future facilities of Metro 4. During this construction more than 10 thousand cu.m. of earth have been removed and nearly 50 tons of steel rebars and 3500 cu.m. concrete built in.

Pedestrian subway in Móricz Zsigmond square
Pedestrian subway in Móricz Zsigmond square

Rebuilt sidewalks and green areas

The areas used by passengers and the environment of trees received a new decorative pavement. New benches and street furniture have been installed, green areas have been rearranged, and more than 700 trees planted. In Móricz Zsigmond körtér and Gellért tér new areas have been created with grass and flowers. The square in front of Hotel Gellért received an ornamental fountain.

Szent Gellért tér as renewed
Szent Gellért tér as renewed

Renewed utilities

The sewage system was replaced along a section of 2.5 km. A new gas pipe of 1.4 km length was laid down, as well. The new water pipe has a length of 3.5 km. New electric and telecommunica-tion cables were installed and remote heating pipes renewed.

Disclosing archaeological findings

During the works in Kosztolányi Dezső tér, Móricz Zsigmond körtér and Gellért tér, employees of the Budapest Historical Museum discovered a military mass grave of the 2nd World War, some road remnants originating from the 19th century, as well as a clay-pipe of the 13th century.