Inzago (Milan) – Urban Traffic Plan

Architects: Marco Facchinetti, Marco Dellavalle

Category: Urban planning

Date: under way since 2011 

City: Inzago (MI)

Client: Comune di Inzago (MI)

Tags: Urban Planning, PGT

Urban Planning

The overall framework of planning at Inzago reached completion with the urban traffic plan for overall regulation of the functioning of the territory’s road system. As elsewhere, the plan for Inzago expands its sphere of responsibility to observe the town’s territorial organization, in this case with the support of the management plan drawn up shortly before. The traffic plan analyzes the various systems identified and addressed by the territorial management plan. From the canal system to the historical centre, the municipal territory presents a rational structure upon which the plan works with a view not only to the creation of a functional road system but also to the identification of territorial units in the various parts of the town, investing in the pursuit of environmental and settlement quality. Taking stock of the decision not to create any alternative to the existing road system, preserving the agricultural territory already protected by the management plan with the creation of a local park of supra-municipal interest, and seeking in any case to eliminate traffic from the historical centre, the plan thus focuses on the presence of a bypass north of the town capable, despite its wholly urban structure, of siphoning off the east-west through traffic and lightening as much as possible the flow of traffic along the Padana highway, already the object of redevelopment. It is thus possible to rejoin the two parts of the town situated north (the larger) and south of the highway through the reduction of traffic and the handling of the primary link with a new urban design. The plan is put to the test by the north-south crossing, which proves to be of territorial importance as a quick way between the northern and southern parts of the eastern Milanese plain passing precisely through Inzago. Recognizing that the town’s fine historical centre and urban fabric cannot be subjected to the traffic of an entire metropolitan area, the plan submits to the attention of the local inhabitants, primary actors and stakeholders various scenarios for the closure of the historical centre to circulation and through traffic so as to improve the liveability and quality of the municipal territory by deviating flows that form no part of it. The resulting open discussion has shown how difficult it is to reconcile different attitudes and points of view, not least the defence of personal interests and failure to understand that urban quality and settlement quality are two objectives whose attainment can enhance the economic, social, environmental and human value of an already rich and valid context like that of Inzago.