The center of Ungheni municipality is being modernised thanks to the financial assistance of the European Union
In August 2021, the center of Ungheni municipality has turned into a huge construction site. Several infrastructure projects are being implemented in parallel in the city center with the financial assistance of the European Union. A total amount of 1,375,400 EUR is invested under the EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme, funded by the EU and implemented by the UNDP and UNICEF Moldova.
The Independence Square becomes pedestrian
The Independence Square, the place where most of the important events in the region are held, is being modernised and will become pedestrian. The total area of 4,082 m2 will be paved and equipped with modern urban furniture. Trees, bushes will be planted, a new system of general and decorative lighting, and benches with a custom design will be installed. A bicycle parking will be established and a mini service and repair station for bicycles, trolleys and scooters will be made available. The pedestrian fountain of 621 m2 – with light and music show – built in the Independence Square will become the main attraction.
Paved, illuminated streets marked with weather-resistant road markings
Another infrastructure project in full swing in Ungheni municipality is the rehabilitation of the National Street and creation of the adjacent parking. We would like to stress out that a new aqueduct with a length of 1,600 meters was built on this street in 2020 with financial assistance of the European Union within the EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme. Once the underground works were finished, the ground works such as asphalting of the National Street started. Thus, 21,280 m2 of streets and sidewalks will be paved, 3, 292 meters of curbs will be installed, and 230 parking spaces will be created.
A water drainage system will be built on the missing segments and the existing one will be repaired. New road markings will be made of a resistant thermoplastic material. 18 pedestrian crossings on the National Street will be illuminated to increase the visibility of road users and to reduce thus, the traffic accidents. Also, a green lawn will be planted on over 650 m2.
The National Street is the main street in Ungheni municipality and is one of the longest streets in the city. Most public institutions, organisations that provide services to citizens and most companies are located on this street.
The EU investment in these projects amounts to 1,168,546 EUR. The contribution of Ungheni City Hall and the UNDP is 116, 854 EUR and 90,000 EUR, respectively.
The reconstruction of Independence Square and renovation of road infrastructure on National Street are new activities to modernise the center of Ungheni municipality launched by the EU4Moldova: Focal Regions Programme, with the financial assistance of the European Union. The modernisation process is a participatory process when people come up with ideas to transform their city center. We underline that the reconstruction of the National Street (renovation of the aqueduct network, sidewalks; landscaping of green spaces, urban furniture, bicycle paths) and the transformation of Independence Square into a pedestrian area with elements of tourist attractions are among the top 3 modernisation ideas of Ungheni municipality proposed and voted by residents of Ungheni in the “EU for Ungheni: Your idea for an European municipality” contest.