The My Street improvement programme, which is currently in progress, will leave Tverskaya Ulitsa with a veritable archaeological museum, albeit a small one. A portion of the 17th-18th-century pavement on Tverskaya will be glazed over to make the historic street underneath visible to Muscovites, according to a report posted on the official website of the Moscow mayor’s office, citing Piotr Biriukov, deputy mayor for city works and improvements.
"We should know what our town looked like in the centuries past,” Biriukov said, explaining the project’s idea. “That is why it was decided to expose the wooden pavement. It’s part of our effort to conserve the city’s history.” He added that the glazed part of Tverskaya will be illuminated and heated to keep the historic stratum visible in wintertime.
Moscow has completed similar historic pavement conservation projects before, the deputy mayor noted. One was at Kuznetsky Bridge, where a portion of the brick paving was conserved last year. Improvement work at Tverskaya Ulitsa is to be completed by September, Biriukov said, and then Muscovites will be able to see the conserved historic part of the street.
Finds under control
Some hundred experts – archaeologists, geodesists and other specialists - oversee the My Street programme effort. No wonder: several thousand artefacts and historic assets have been unearthed so far in the project. All the finds will be handed over to the Museum of Moscow by 2019, while the parts of historic fences, pavements and foundations will be left intact and conserved.