The over 13 km section of the S7 expressway from the Widoma junction to the Szczepanowice junction in the Małopolskie voivodship has been approved for car traffic. – I hope that by the end of 2023 the S7 route will be opened from Kraków to Warsaw and further from Warsaw to Gdańsk – said President Andrzej Duda during the opening of the section of the road.
Duda added that this section will relieve the town of Słomniki and accelerate the journey to the south of the country. – Słomniki, for whom it is a bypass, will breathe a sigh of relief. I hope it will be a relief for the inhabitants of our region and for all those who are going south – he said.
President on road construction: investments are being carried out all over Poland
– There is construction everywhere and I want to emphasize this very strongly – the president said during the opening of the S7 section, recalling that, inter alia, the implementation of the Via Carpatia route, construction is coming to an end road tunnel in Świnoujście and the longest tunnel in Poland on the S3 road in Lower Silesia.
– Poland must develop equally, everyone in Poland deserves to have good roads, to have good infrastructure, to have proper, normal conditions for personal development, to have a good job, to be able to run a good business that this business is present. There is no this if there is no good road, there is no this if there is no railroad, there is no this if there is no communication capacity. We are currently implementing these communication possibilities all over Poland – pointed out the president.
– There is no choice here that it will be implemented in the west, in the north, and not in the south – and this is how it was before 2015. Today, investments are carried out all over Poland – emphasized Duda.
As the president emphasized, new road investments are not only a benefit for the present generation, but above all they create great development opportunities for future generations.
During the opening of the S7 section Widoma – Szczepanowice, Duda expressed the hope that by the end of 2023 this route would be opened from Krakow to Warsaw and further, from Warsaw to Gdańsk.
He added that the new section would relieve the Małopolska city of Słomniki and speed up the journey to the south of the country. – Słomniki, for whom it is a bypass, will breathe a sigh of relief. I hope it will be a relief for the inhabitants of our region and for all those who are going south – said the president.
Adamczyk: the first of four episodes north of Krakow
The Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk noted that the section of the S7 route opened on Monday is also the Słomniki bypass – thanks to it, drivers can quickly and comfortably bypass the so far jammed city, shortening their travel time, and its residents can safely move around the streets.
It is also the first open of the four sections of the S7 expressway north of Krakow that is currently under construction.
The minister also announced that in a few or a dozen days, new sections of the Via Carpatia route between Rzeszów and Lublin will be opened. – We carry out investments in every other part of our country, because today Poland is one huge construction site. We fulfill the hopes of local governments, we fulfill the hopes of the inhabitants of the regions – said Adamczyk.
New section of S7 Widoma-Szczepanowice. How to enter?
To enter the new section of the S7 from Kraków, take the national road No. 7 at the Widoma junction, and then, after passing Słomniki, take the Szczepanowice junction and take the DK7 again. Coming from Kielce – you should do the opposite. Such traffic organization will apply until the next sections of S7 built towards the border of Małopolska with the province are completed. Świętokrzyskie, i.e. Miechów – Szczepanowice and Moczydło – Miechów.
In accordance with the contract signed by the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) in January 2018, the section in the “design and build” system was implemented by the Portuguese company Mota-Engil Central Europe. The investment cost was over PLN 508 million.
As part of the investment, i.a. the construction of a 13.1 km section of the S7 dual carriageway expressway, road junctions connecting the S7 with the existing communication system, the necessary engineering structures and access roads.
The route has two carriageways with two lanes in each direction, with a reserve for the third lane. Two junctions were built: Szczepanowice and Widoma, 10 viaducts, as well as passages for animals, farm crossings and a flyover over 680 meters long over the railway line, district roads and the Szreniawa River.
Four episodes of S7
The construction of the S7 expressway running from the border of the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship with Małopolskie Voivodeship to Kraków, almost 56 km long, has been divided into the following sections: Moczydło – Miechów, Miechów – Szczepanowice, Szczepanowice – Widoma and Widoma – Kraków (including the Kraków Nowa Huta junction).
From July 2020, the construction of the S7 Moczydło section – the Miechów junction is underway. This task is to be completed in 2023. The next section of S7, between the Miechów and Szczepanowice junctions, has a contract signed with the contractor.
In April this year. The General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways has selected a contractor who will complete the design and construction of the section from the Widoma junction to the borders of Krakow.
The contract with the previous contractor of this fragment – the Italian company Webuild (previous name Salini) was terminated by GDDKiA in December last year, because the current pace of work would not allow it to be completed on the agreed date.
Main photo source: GDDKiA / Krzysztof Nalewajko