The heavily built-up S. Lorenzo-Tiburtina area of Rome may be in for cleaner, quieter and less-congested times. Rome urban planning councillor, Roberto Morassut, speaking at the reopening of the renovated Piazza dellImmacolata, stated that this recent local initiative could be just the start of a longer and more ambitious process of urban renewal. The neighbourhood is home to an unsightly overpass that forms part of the tangenziale est road linking the city centre to the outer ring road. According to the councillor, his office has already applied for 200 million of the citys budget to remove the flyover and move it underground into a tunnel. The first phase will cover the stretch between the A24 junction and the Via Tuscolana. As well as the new road tunnel, the council hopes to build an underground car park to help ease congestion at peak times, and is even talking about building a new sports arena for local youngsters.
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