Eight design offices submitted offers to develop documentation for the last section of the S7 expressway running from Kiełpin to the Armii Krajowej Route and the S8 intersection in Warsaw. As announced by the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, the 13-kilometer section will be the most difficult – from the point of view of traffic and passage through the urban structure – to implement.
GDDKiA listed all interested companies and the amounts that proposed their offers. These are:
– Consortium: Arcadis, E&C – PLN 34,110,360 – Egis Poland – PLN 39,975,615 – IVIA – PLN 20,468,758 – Lafrentz Polska – PLN 46,587,231 – Mosty Gdańsk – PLN 26,411,629.69 – Multiconsult – PLN 34,302 2 40 PLN – Consortium: Transprojekt Gdański, Transprojekt Warszawa – PLN 44,318,130 – Voessing Polska – PLN 53,634,691.20.
“The budget of GDDKiA amounts to PLN 29,840,937.31. The procedure was announced as an open tender,” we read in the announcement.
The road will pass through two tunnels
S7 between Kiełpin and the Home Army Route in Warsaw will have three lanes in each direction, and in some places even four. The road will pass through two tunnels through the highly urbanized areas of Warsaw (Bemowo and Bielany). In the initial part, the approximately 12.9-kilometer-long route will run along the existing track of Kolejowa Street in Dziekanów Leśny. Then, after the Łomianki junction towards the Młociński Canal, it will be designed on an embankment.
The road will then run along the eastern edge of the Kampinos National Park, up to the Warszawa Wólka Węglowa junction. Then, behind Arkuszowa Street in Warsaw, the planned route will go down to the tunnels – the first one about a kilometer long and the next one about 1.1 kilometers long. After leaving the tunnels, you rise above the area above the S8 expressway. The Warszawa Chomiczówka junction is planned between the tunnels, and the Warszawa Północ junction is planned at the intersection of the S8 and S7 expressways.
In addition to the above-mentioned tunnels, there will also be viaducts, underpasses, pedestrian and bicycle footbridges and environmental protection devices, i.e. acoustic screens. Animal crossings and fencing of the route are also planned. The project contractor performed additional analyzes to connect the route with the local transport system. Entrance to the S7 route is currently planned through the previously mentioned junctions.
Drivers now have at their disposal 275 kilometers of expressway from the Gdańsk Południe junction to Płońsk. Of the further 57 kilometers of the route to Warsaw, the Płońsk-Czosnów section is under construction. Drivers will be able to use 35 kilometers of it in 2025. In addition, on November 16, 2023, GDDKiA signed a contract for the Czosnów-Kiełpin section.
The contract will be signed in the first half of 2024
Road experts explain that after analyzing the offers and selecting the most advantageous one, if there are no appeals, signing the contract will be possible in the first half of 2024. The selected design office will have 41 months from the date of conclusion of the contract to prepare a construction design and obtain the necessary decisions for the construction of the S7 expressway. If the design process runs smoothly and the necessary approvals and decisions are obtained, the basic documentation will be ready in 2026. The next step will be to announce a tender to select a contractor for construction works.
GDDKiA emphasizes that it has adopted a “currently non-standard approach to establishing offer evaluation criteria.” As he explains, the price constitutes 40 percent of the offer, and the remaining 60 percent are quality criteria, where road engineers will evaluate the design experience of people assigned to carry out the order (50 percent) and the design work methodology (10 percent). “This last point is new in the evaluation of contractors’ offers, whose task will be, among others, to present a proposal to ensure the quality of the design process, tools and solutions that will contribute to improving the quality, coherence, mutual coordination, efficiency and timeliness in the implementation of design studies. , and will also improve the implementation and operation of the task. Additionally, the contractor will have to demonstrate that it has a professional team of designers with specific experience,” the release states.
The preparatory process carried out so far has included the development of project documentation for obtaining an environmental decision. Further design work is aimed at developing a construction design and obtaining a ZRID decision. “Due to the complexity of technical solutions, the route in urban areas, forecast traffic volumes and ongoing talks with local governments and the planned investments in the surroundings of the planned S7 resulting from these meetings, we want to first develop a construction design that will enable the analysis of variant solutions and, consequently, the selection optimal. At the same time, we expect design offices submitting offers not only to have adequate experience, but also to demonstrate methods of managing the facility throughout its life cycle,” say the road builders.
S7 Warsaw-Kraków and further south
GDDKiA emphasizes that it is systematically shortening the travel time between the former and current capital of Poland. “We are combining the previously constructed sections of expressways into a long sequence and are implementing further ones. With the completion of the Lesznowola-Tarczyn and Moczydło-Miechów sections, drivers have at their disposal nearly 250 kilometers of dual carriageway route from the Warsaw Airport junction to Miechów in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. Two more sections are under construction. , Miechów-Szczepanowice (5.3 km), as well as Widoma – Kraków Nowa Huta (18.3 km),” they indicate.
Drivers already use the 13-kilometer Szczepanowice-Widoma section between them and the nearly seven-kilometer section from Nowa Huta to the Kraków Bieżanów junction at the intersection with the A4 motorway. Road engineers announce: we will cover the entire nearly 293-kilometer route from Warsaw to Krakow at express pace before the end of 2024.
On the way south from Krakow, there are over 31 kilometers of the expressway from Myślenice to Rabka-Zdrój with a tunnel under the Luboń Mały mountain. Work is already underway to prepare a technical, economic and environmental study (STEŚ) for approximately 35 kilometers of dual carriageway road from Rabka-Zdrój to Chyżne and the border with Slovakia. “We have announced a renewed tender for the selection of a design office that will prepare STEŚ for the future expressway between Krakow and Myślenice,” summarizes GDDKiA.
Main photo source: GDDKiA, Krzysztof Nalewajko