Local Round-Up: Municipalities agree to rip down half of the Bispeengbuen overpass
A new proposal backed by the municipalities of Frederiksberg and Copenhagen will remove half of the Bispeengbuen overpass. This means one of the two concrete bridges will be torn down, resulting in two lanes on each side, instead of the current three.
According to Rambøll, the remaining structure will still be able to handle the traffic, while the proposal also promises new green areas.
Once the proposal is approved by both municipal councils, the demolition work can begin.
Long time in the making
The debate to demolish the bridge started when it was estimated its restoration would cost around 200 million kroner. In light of this, politicians and local players voiced support for a complete demolition instead of a restoration.
The new proposal will only cost around 1.5 million kroner, which is cheaper than either removing the whole arch together or restoring it.
Nevertheless, long-term plans to replace the overpass with a tunnel have not been ditched.
Graffiti at Assitens Cemetery costing tax-payers a fortune
Copenhagen Municipality spends 234,948 kroner annually on removing illegal graffiti from Assitens Cemetery’s iconic yellow walls. In response, it has set up various legal walls for street art in Nørrebro. Meanwhile, many continu to debate whether the graffiti is vandalism or art.
Fewer vaccines, different priorities
Copenhagen has received fewer doses of the coronavirus vaccine than expected. It has chosen, therefore, to make front-line workers a little longer and instead administer a second dose to those who have already received the first jab. Nobody else will receive the vaccine until February.
Free COVID tests to Øresund commuters
Free COVID tests are being offered to Øresund commuters. Unlike Denmark, testing is not free in Sweden and the initiative is set to take the pressure off private practices and Danish test centres. Denmark currently requires a negative test from border commuters taken within the last week.
Malmö says no to transport link partnership proposal
Malmö’s mayor Ilmar Reepalu opposes the co-financing, co-owning proposal recently announced regarding a possible transport connection between Helsinborg and Helsingør. He has emphasised the importance of connecting the two cities, but believes building it though loans, instead of the proposed plan of co-financing.
Fewer shootings and explosions in Malmö
Malmö experienced way less shootings and explosions in 2020 compared to previous years. The total tally was 20 and 17, compared to last year’s 34 and 36 respectively. The authorities credit Project Sluta Skjut (stop shooting) for the decrease.
Copenhagen to receive new electric buses
Copenhagen is set to receive 46 new electric buses in February. They will be used on lines 6A and 7A. This is a big step for Zealand, which aims to run all their have 1,300 electric buses in place by 2030.
Assembly ban in Christiania extended
The temporary assembly ban in Christina’s Green Light District and Pusher Street has been extended until January 27. Walking and jogging is still allowed; it is prohibited to remain stationary between 10:00 and 24:00.
Venstre: Copenhagen parents should be exempt from paying for daycare
Venstre wants parents to be exempt from paying for daycare at institutions in Copenhagen that are currently closed. The proposal is yet to be presented at the Citizen’s Representation’s council, so its possible adaption is still weeks away.