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All right. Stryków commune. Łódź Province. There were seven tenders, and the roundabout at the “crossroads of death” was not built

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Seven tenders for the construction of a roundabout on national road No. 14 in Dobra near Stryków (Łódź Voivodeship) were announced within two years by the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways. They ended in failure every time. Residents once again blocked the road, demanding improved safety. – There were over two hundred accidents here, in which eight people died and several were injured. This roundabout must finally be built – they emphasized.

Dobra is a small town in the Stryków commune. The very busy national road number 14 runs through it, connecting Łódź with the A1 and A2 motorways. The route is also crossed by a county road and this is where tragic events occur.

Residents are demanding improved safety on DK 14TVN24

Not a week goes by without an accident

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– Not a week goes by here without an accident or collision. How many times have we stood with our children for a few minutes to cross the pedestrian crossing to the other side – drivers simply do not stop here because they are going too fast – one of the residents of Dobra tells us.

– Do you see this fence? It is not even being repaired anymore, and every now and then someone crashes into the property with a car. Over the past few years, there have been over two hundred accidents here, in which eight people died and a dozen or so were injured. This roundabout must finally be built here – says another woman.

– A roundabout, a roundabout, it would definitely come in handy, but someone should mark this intersection differently, at least somehow, it’s really dangerous here – says a man who lives nearby.

Read also: They talk about the “crossroads of death” and have been fighting for the construction of a roundabout for ten years.

Residents are demanding improved safety on DK 14TVN24

Residents are demanding improved safety on DK 14TVN24

The fight to improve safety has been going on for almost 12 years

– The community of not only Dobra, but also Dobieszków and Imielnik has been asking the road manager to improve safety in this place for almost 12 years, but nothing has changed. We only hear assurances that the roundabout will be built. But when? – Jakub Mielczarek, a city councilor from Stryków, asked during the protest.

– You must remember that there is a pedestrian crossing here, which is often used by children who go to the nearby bus stop to get to schools. Despite many letters, requests and banners displayed at bus stops, nothing has changed in this place – added Mielczarek.

Residents are fighting for a roundabout to be built at the intersection

Crossroads in DobraResidents are fighting for a roundabout to be built at the intersectionJakub Mielczarek

GDDKiA: we want a roundabout to be built

General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways has seen the need to build a roundabout in Dobra for many years. Maciej Zalewski, spokesman for the Łódź branch, said that a tender was announced on Thursday (August 31), but this time for the roundabout design, and referred us to the announcement published on the management’s website.

“We have announced a tender for the design of a roundabout in Dobra, at the intersection of DK14 with the Michałówka – Dobra district road. After preparing the documentation, we will be able to announce a tender to select a contractor for the reconstruction of the intersection, where collisions and accidents often occur. This is another approach to implementing this investment. In previous tenders, the first of which we announced in August 2021, it was not possible to select a contractor for the design and construction of the roundabout. The reasons were: lack of offers, disqualifying errors or exceeding the budget assumed by GDDKiA. Taking into account the absolute need to improve safety in Dobra and taking into account Taking into account our previous experience, we decided to change the method of implementing the project from the “Design and Build” system to the traditional one, which should facilitate the entire process. The contractor selected in the tender will prepare design documentation and submit an application for a permit to implement the road investment. Once obtained, we will announce a tender for the construction of a roundabout, in which more contractors will be able to participate. – we read in the information on the website of the Łódź branch of GDDKiA.

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