The “Partizanska” boulevard in Shtip, one kilometer long, will finally be built, on the stretch from the Automotive Company (AMD) to the Babi neighborhood. The tender procedure for the completion of this boulevard, which also has the status of a regional road to the neighboring Municipality of Karbinci, has been announced. For the realization of this capital project, 2.5 million euros are planned from the municipality’s budget. The project envisages a new boulevard solution, with sidewalks, lighting, but also the relocation of the entire main and water supply line in a length of one kilometer.
This capital project is one of the priorities of the budget forums and the revision of the implemented projects of the civil society organizations Glasen Tekstilec and NGO Infocenter.
“Partizanska Boulevard is the most critical point and one of the worst images in our city.” I hope that in the spring the operation of the machines will already be visible, of the activities that will be undertaken for the construction of this boulevard, and it will mean greater traffic safety, urbanization of the stretch between 8 Noemvri and Babi neighbourhoods”, says Ivan Yordanov, Mayor of Shtip .
In the past two years, the municipal government made two attempts to secure funds for the construction of this boulevard. One attempt is through the Public Enterprise for State Roads, and the second is by issuing the municipal bond, but both attempts were unsuccessful. Precisely because of this, and in the interest of the citizens, Yordanov says that the realization of this capital project will be solved with money from the municipal budget.
This is the most dangerous thoroughfare for both vehicles and citizens, because at the moment, from AMD to the new roundabout, pedestrians are walking on a road without sidewalks, and there is no street lighting either.
The completion of the boulevard was indicated as a priority by the field surveys, which were carried out by four female interviewers within the framework of the “Citizen Audit 2023” project, which is supported for the second year in a row by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation – Skopje office. For the period of the implementation of the project, 402 surveys were prepared, determining the priorities and problems in the region. From the survey conducted with the citizens, it was established that 98.7% of the respondents believe that the urgent completion of this boulevard is needed, in order to ensure greater safety of the participants in the traffic, as well as greater infrastructural development in that part of the city.
The promises of the local government are that this part of the city, which is the worst looking, un-urbanized, full of garbage and the most unsafe, will be urbanized by the end of the year.