For 12 years, the residents of Dobra near Stryków (Łódź Voivodeship) have been fighting for the construction of a roundabout on national road number 14. During this time, over 200 accidents occurred there, in which 8 people died. The General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways has already announced 7 tenders for the construction of a roundabout, but each ended in failure. Now road engineers say that work has started to improve safety at the intersection, but there is no talk of the roundabout awaited by residents for now.
Dobra is a small town near Stryków. 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.
For several years, the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways in Łódź has been trying to select a contractor for the roundabout at the “crossroads of death” – because that’s what the residents say about him. Unfortunately, each time the tenders had to be canceled because either only one company submitted and made errors in the documentation, or no one took part in the tender. Another tender was announced, according to the spokesman of the Łódź branch GDDKiA: “We are currently at the stage of checking offers from potential contractors.”
There will be no roundabout for now, but it will be safer
Maciej Zalewski reports that work to improve safety has started in Dobra. – At the intersection of national road No. 14 with Starowiejska Street, new signs will appear and traffic organization will be changed to some extent. The main changes will be that islands and a so-called pedestrian refuge will appear on the main route (national road). This will improve the safety of non-motorists and will force drivers to reduce speed – informs the spokesman of GDDKiA in Łódź. He adds: – Additionally, active (luminous) C9 signs will appear on the islands, and ultimately an active D6 sign (pedestrian crossing) will be installed above the intersection, and the crossing itself will be illuminated. The speed limit within the intersection will be 50 km/h. It should be emphasized here that the actions described are temporary solutions.
Not a week goes by without an accident
At the beginning of September, residents of Dobra protested on national road number 14. They crossed the pedestrian crossing for almost two hours. – 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 told 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 – said 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 – said a man who lives nearby.
Main photo source: Jakub Mielczarek