This Monday the Paseo del Bajo was officially inaugurated: one of the most awaited -and costly- works of recent times in Buenos Aires.
Simultaneously with the actions and initiatives of other countries in addressing urban mobility, the project presented by the government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires in April 2016 aimed to connect the Buenos Aires-La Plata highway and the Illia highway through a road system in the avenues Eduardo Madero-Huergo and Alicia Moreau de Justo. This implied construction works along 7 kilometers of extension.
The urban design of the proposal not only included a trench-viaduct highway only for trucks and long-distance transport modifying mobility throughout the area, but pedestrian spaces and new squares as a response to the rearrangement of the conflictive traffic in the downtown area of Buenos Aires. . In this sense, the strategic point of pedestrian crossing turns to the historic site of the Plaza de Mayo, where now a large staircase connects the Casa Rosada with Puerto Madero at the foot of the Puente de la Mujer de Santiago Calatrava.
Social networks were ignited not only celebrating the opening, but pointing out some faults of excused endings with works that always remain to be done once the work is finished and highlighting irregularities in the assignment of contracts.
Text and images: Plataforma Arquitectura