Matei Millo – Fulgulesti, Dacia Boulevard: Chisinau, Moldova
- New pedestrian crossing signs
- New road markings
- Narrowed lanes and new cycle path added
- ‘Berlin’ speed cushions installed
Dacia Boulevard is the main route running through Chisinau, Moldova’s capital city. Data from the Automated Road Traffic Crash Information System shows that Dacia Boulevard alone accounted for 420 road crashes, resulting in 27 deaths and 529 injuries between 2014 and 2019.
40% of these crashes involved pedestrians, of whom over 60% were hit in spaces designated for their movement such as sidewalks and traffic islands. Pedestrian crossings along the route are largely unsignalised and road markings are faded meaning that motorists can often speed through without noticing pedestrians.
In 2018 the Matei Millo/Fulgulesti intersection accounted for 7 fatalities and 83 injuries alone.
With support from the Safer Roads Foundation and the Chisinau Mayor’s Office, the Automobile Club of Moldova (ACM) implemented upgrades at this crossing designed to improve safety, accessibility, and mobility for the people of Chisinau. The new crossing and road layout was unveiled in September 2022.
The work at Matei Millo/Fulgulesti is part of a wider effort being led by the ACM to transform Dacia Boulevard. In 2020, three crossings were also upgraded with the support of EASST, the FIA and the FIA Foundation, prioritising the needs of vulnerable road users.
To ensure long term engagement, the ACM has also established a working group including CDPD, Universal Access, the Municipal Transport Department (Lumteh Service), the Police (INSP), and Urban Platform to work on infrastructure mobility and safety improvements across the city.
This project is an innovation for our city. In the process of its implementation, we got the opportunity to gain international experience and apply new design standards in the field of road traffic safety. Of significance is the fact that it was our municipal agency that was the third – executing – party of cooperation with the Automobile Club of Moldova.
This allowed them to change the old approaches to the design and transform pedestrian crossings taking into account European practices, and with a focus on the safety of the most vulnerable road users. We will continue to incorporate the experience gained in other renovation projects to improve safety.
This project was implemented in collaboration with our local partner the Automobile Club of Moldova (ACM) in partnership with the Chisinau Mayor’s Office, the FIA, FIA Foundation, and the Safer Roads Foundation.
53% of pedestrians surveyed in February 2023 reported improvements in driver attentiveness.
83% of pedestrians surveyed in February 2023 reported improved accessibility.
Infrastructure improvements along Dacia Boulevard aim to reduce speeds and provide safe spaces for pedestrians
The latest infrastructure improvements unveiled along Dacia Boulevard in Moldova aim to reduce speeds and provide safe spaces for pedestrians.
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Safety and accessibility improvements set to transform one of Chisinau’s most dangerous roads.