Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Public restroom for Lenin Park

The latest innovation in Ulaanbaatar may be the coming of a public toilet. It looks like one of these is going to be built in front of the Ulaanbaatar Hotel, close to the Lenin statue. They’ve put up a fence and drawing of the ‘City Toilet’ that is under construction. Ideas like this will certainly help in making UB a cleaner, healthier city.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sukhbaatar To Be Bronzed

The iconic statue of Sukhbaatar in Sukhbaatar Square was removed recently and the center of the square is fenced off. Apparently a new bronze statue of Sukhbaatar will be placed in the square, replacing the old concrete statue. With Chingis Khaan now bronzed at the top of the square, perhaps some Sukhbaatar fans demanded an upgrade for the young revolutionary. The new statue is meant to be ready in February. A pic of the destruction...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sambuu Street Improvements

Sambuu Street received a nice upgrade last month. This is the street that runs from Gesar Sum to Little Ring Road, past Tengis Movie Theater. The street was repaved and the park / road divider was cleaned up and grass has been planted. A shiny new green fence has been installed along the perimeter of the park, which I guess is designed to prevent people from running across the road. There is still some work to be done along the sidewalks of this street. I have been told that some natural stone will be used to pave the sidewalks, which would be a nice improvement. Above are some pics of the new street

Monday, October 4, 2010

Chinggis Khaan Ave Upgrade

Chinggis Khaan Road newly sealed

Chinggis Khaan Ave looking south.
Chinggis Khaan Ave north of the Peace Bridge has been resurfaced and slightly widened. It opened up today, improving the traffic, which was horrendous on Monday. The point where the avenue meets Jamyn Gunii Gudamm was widened a little, which will help traffic flow. The project follows the resurfacing of Sambuugiin Gudamj. Both streets now flow a little better and rides are certainly much smoother.

While its great that some of the streets have been resurfaced it would be nice to see an extra parallel parking lane added to these streets. One reason why traffic often gets blocked up is because cars do not have a lane to pull over to, when picking up or dropping off passengers. The lack of an extra parking lane or road apron means that whenever a car stops it clogs up traffic. Just a thought.