Barcelona City Council is covering the Ronda de Dalt ring road between the districts of Gràcia, Horta-Guinardó and Nou Barris, with associations and local residents from surrounding neighbourhoods taking part and jointly deciding on uses for the future public space that becomes available once the road is covered .
The last few months of the 2011-2015 municipal term of office saw the establishment of the Monitoring Committee promoting the covering of the road, to be developed in stages according to the preliminary plans already made.
Work started in the summer of 2017, the first section being between the Mercat de la Vall d’Hebron and the Institut Vall d’Hebron, between the neighbourhoods of Sant Genís dels Agudells and La Teixonera. A structural wall was initially built in the middle of this section of the road, with work to resume in March 2018. It will then be time for the lateral support walls to be built, followed by the roofing slab itself and other necessary elements: the tunnel’s emergency exits, facilities etc.
The urbanisation and definition of the new space that will be created by covering this section will be decided within the framework of several participatory sessions that will continue up to April 2018. The debate will enable the guidelines to be established for the preliminary plan to transform part of the road into a new public space.
The methodology for this process to cover the Ronda de Dalt is organised around a Monitoring Committee, which will meet up from time to time and which is made up of municipal experts, political party groups, the municipal government and representatives from the main associations of the districts that the road passes through.
At the same time, as the different stages to cover the road are implemented, participatory meetings and sessions will also be held with specific associations from each neighbourhood, enabling them to have their say on the urbanisation of each section.