The railway viaduct over Dietla Street in Krakow, built in the 19th century, will be rebuilt in the near future. The structure was removed from the register of monuments and will be completely dismantled and then rebuilt “keeping its historical character”.
Piotr Hamarnik from the press team of PKP PLK informed about the planned revitalization of the viaduct. As the company’s representative assured, the reconstruction project is agreed with the Małopolska Provincial Conservator of Monuments, and the viaduct itself will retain its original appearance.
However, according to “Gazeta Wyborcza”, the viaduct has been removed from the register of monuments and is to be completely dismantled and then rebuilt. The reason for these actions is the fact that currently the viaduct does not meet the safety requirements. According to “Wyborcza” a few years earlier, the then Małopolska conservator of monuments Monika Bogdanowska (dismissed at the request of the Małopolska voivode Łukasz Kmita at the beginning of September this year) stated that there were no concerns regarding the safety of the structure.
Hamarnik, quoted by “Wyborcza”, explained that the original concept of strengthening the viaduct did not guarantee that the structure would not be damaged. He also assured that the new concept was created in agreement with the consecrators. – The tests, which could only be carried out after the traffic was transferred to a new track, showed the poor condition of the structures and foundations. There was a high risk of permanent damage to the viaduct during its reinforcement. By fighting for the preservation of the original at all costs, we could destroy it completely – explained Hamarnik.
The decision to remove the viaduct from the register was made by Magdalena Gawin, Deputy Minister of Culture and General Conservator of Monuments, who emphasizes that attempts were made to protect the structure from demolition at all costs. – We have completed 100 percent of all efforts to save this viaduct. Unfortunately – although it rarely happens – there was no other option and it was necessary to delete the viaduct from the register of monuments – says Gawin, quoted by “Gazeta Krakowska”.
According to Hamarnik, construction works are planned in the coming weeks, which will last until the end of 2022. The project involves the construction of a modern structure with two railway tracks. The walls and vaults of the viaduct will be made of stone and bricks obtained from the original structure. Contractors estimate that the new facility will be ready by the end of next year.
PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe informs that the revitalization of the viaduct will be carried out “with the preservation of its historical character”.
Reconstruction of the railway line in Krakow
Work is expected to begin in the coming weeks and will last until the end of 2022. This is part of the reconstruction of the cross-city route running through the center of Krakow.
The reconstruction of the Kraków Główny Towarowy – Rudzice cross-city line, which has been going on since July 2017, is currently the largest project carried out by PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe in the Krakow Railway Junction.
As part of the investment, new 850-meter flyovers were built in place of the removed earth embankment running through the center of Krakow from ul. Copernicus to ul. Miodowa, with two additional pairs of tracks, as well as railway stations and bridges over the Vistula River. In total, PLK is rebuilding a track section with a total length of 20 kilometers. After the investment is completed, the trains will travel at a speed of 160 km / h, and in the center of Krakow – 100 km / h. The value of the investment exceeds PLN 1 billion, of which EU funding is EUR 194.9 million.
Railway viaduct over ul. Dietla was established in 1863 as part of the railway line connecting Krakow with Lviv. Initially, it was a bridge over the Vistula oxbow lake. After twenty years and the construction of ul. Grzegórzecka took its present form.
TVN24 / PAP / Gazeta Wyborcza / Gazeta Krakowska
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