The last finishing and cleaning works are underway on the middle section of the S7 between Warsaw and the Grójec bypass, informed Małgorzata Tarnowska, spokeswoman for the Warsaw branch of the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways. She added that the Voivodship Inspectorate of Construction Supervision verifies the documentation submitted to the application for obtaining an occupancy permit.
A spokeswoman for the Warsaw branch of the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways reminded that the construction of the over 29-kilometre-long express road S7 Warszawa – Grójec, i.e. the southern exit from Warsaw, was divided into three sections.
The first of them, on the Tarczyn Północ section – the beginning of the Grójec bypass, with a length of 7.9 kilometers, was opened to traffic in December 2020. In turn, on the section from the Warsaw Airport junction to the Lesznowola junction, with a length of 6.6 kilometers, it was made available to drivers on August 30, 2022.
According to the announcement of GDDKiA, the final finishing works are underway on the last, middle section between the Lesznowola junction and the Tarczyn Północ junction. – Thick-layer road markings are being made, the last fillings of acoustic screens are being installed. Cleaning works are also underway – explained Małgorzata Tarnowska. – The Voivodship Inspectorate of Construction Supervision verifies the documentation submitted to the application for obtaining the occupancy permit – she noted.
Tarnowska informed that after the opening of the middle section of the S7, in the first stage, both roadways will be open to traffic in the full cross-section of two lanes, but with a speed limit of 80 km/h, between the Lesznowola and Tarczyn Północ junctions.
– Thus, we will connect the already functioning sections of the S7 from Warsaw and Grójec. We will make the Złotokłos junction available, and the Lesznowola and Tarczyn Południe junctions will gain full functionality in the adjacent sections – she explained.
“It will significantly change the communication system south of Warsaw”
She also emphasized that the date of making the main route available depends on the completion of all works, acceptance procedures and obtaining an occupancy permit. – The opening of the main route between Lesznowola and Tarczyn will significantly change the communication system south of Warsaw. We will separate the common course of two expressways, S7 and S8, which is currently cumulated on the section between the Opacz junction on the Southern Bypass of Warsaw and Janki – she pointed out.
– In the second stage of opening the Lesznowola-Tarczyn Północ section, the road elements remaining to be completed outside its main route, such as service roads, local roads, as well as the Antoninów and Tarczyn Północ junctions, will be handed over. According to the contract, the contractor is to complete these works by the first quarter of 2024, and then it will also be a full-fledged expressway. At that time, it will start the renovation of 17 kilometers of the current route of DK7, from Sękocin Stary to Rembertów. Completion of these works, and thus the entire contract, in accordance with the signed contract, is scheduled for the end of the third quarter of 2024.
The first contract has been terminated
In an interview with PAP, a spokeswoman for the Warsaw branch of GDDKiA reminded that the first contract for the implementation of S7 on the Lesznowola – Tarczyn Północ section was signed in August 2017. – However, the contractor, the IDS-BUD company, despite repeated calls, did not carry out the works covered by the contract, and the mobilization of equipment and staff did not promise that the investment would be successfully completed – she said. – In the third quarter of 2020, we had to terminate the contract and announce a tender to complete the unrealized works. In June 2021, we signed a contract with a new contractor responsible for the continuation of the works, Intercor. Its value is over PLN 510 million – she emphasized.
The S7 expressway on the Warszawa – Grójec section was built with co-financing by the European Union. The amount of EU funding for three sections with a total length of 29.3 km is approx. PLN 542 million, and the total cost of implementation is over PLN 1.7 billion.
Main photo source: GDDKiA