Strovolos municipality is to assign the preparation of revised plans for the redevelopment of Tseri Avenue to the private sector after state services said they are unable to undertake the task due to workload, Mayor Andreas Papacharalambous said on Tuesday.
Following a meeting in September chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades it was decided after years of disputes that proposed government plans for making Tseri Avenue a three-lane road would be changed to include two lanes, wide pavements, shade and a bicycle lane.
Papacharalambous told the Cyprus News Agency due to that both the public works and town planning departments saying they could not prepare the revised plans as they are both very busy, the municipality will commission a private company to do the work, so that the project is not further delayed.
He added that temporary improvement works are to be carried out until the slated redevelopment is completed but that it is difficult as large parts of the avenue have no pavements or street lighting.
Although the government has wanted a facelift for the area for years, opposition from residents and shop owners, as well as cash needed for the works being blocked by parliament, has held the project back.
At least two deaths were recorded in the past 18 months due to poor asphalt conditions and insufficient lighting, especially at pedestrian crossings. Furthermore, the unregulated parking along Tseri Avenue also prevents drivers and pedestrians from seeing oncoming traffic.