Habemus tunnel in Monza

“Habemus tunnel!” is the joyous headline on the website of the HQ Monza citizens’ association: at 11.00 on 3 April the two-kilometre underground section of Viale Lombardia will be opened to traffic.
 
The ceremony will mark the end of 30 years of discussion, debate and planning, of what the association calls “the motorway between the houses” with its noise and pollution, and the disruption of five years of building sites – a real Easter present for the community.
 
The longest urban tunnel in Italy will carry 100,000 vehicles per day.  It will provide a direct link between the Spluga Pass, the A4 motorway and Milan’s Tangenziale ring-road, with traffic finally hidden below the city centre.
 
The citizens’ association claims the merit for having kick-started the project in 1996 when, tired of the endless delays and procrastination,  they collected 10,000 signatures to a public petition which obtained the backing of state and region to the tune of €320 million.
 
From next week, in place of the stream of long-distance traffic, Viale Lombardia will remain only a normal road for local traffic, plus ample green spaces being designed by leading landscape artist Andreas Kipar.

General Info

Website www.hqmonza.it/