The drilling of the Świnoujście Tunnel is coming to an end. – This is a truly epochal event – President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday at the tunnel construction site. In his opinion, the tunnel will be extremely important primarily for the residents, but also for visitors to Świnoujście.
The main works on tunnel boring in Świnoujście are to be completed on Thursday. The TBM is to reach the receiving chamber. According to the Świnoujście magistrate, it will be the longest underwater crossing in Poland: 1,484 m of tunnel bored with a TBM machine; with tunnel sections constructed using roofing methods, the entire tunnel will be 1,780 meters long.
The construction site was visited on Thursday by, among others President Andrzej Duda and Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk.
The president emphasized that for many years the inhabitants of Świnoujście had been promised a tunnel under Świną, but the investment was never realized. “And here it is, ladies and gentlemen,” said Duda.
– This is a very important moment for all of us. We are very happy. Of course, work will still continue here. This tunnel is so far a raw tunnel, it is still long work. We will probably not see the opening until next year, but please, ladies and gentlemen, the tunnel will be drilled literally in several dozen hours – added the president. The investment schedule envisages that completion along with obtaining an occupancy permit will take place in September 2022.
Świnoujście Tunnel – Andrzej Duda comments
In his opinion, the tunnel will be extremely important primarily for the residents, but also for visitors to Świnoujście, because “it will make life easier, improve communication, and improve supply possibilities”. – This is a truly epochal event – assessed the president.
The Świną tunnel is to be a solution to the communication problems of Świnoujście residents and tourists. The connection between the islands of Wolin and Uznam (where the administrative and service center and the seaside district are located) is provided by ferry crossings that do not have sufficient capacity, which is often associated with long waiting for the ferry.
The President of the Republic of Poland also stated that “it is also a symbolic issue that here it will be a connection with the rest of our country”. – For the inhabitants of this part of Poland, it is very symbolic, political and strategic. I am glad that this investment is finally realized after decades; I am glad that the promises are kept – said Andrzej Duda.
The investor of the project is the city of Świnoujście, and the substitute investor – the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, Szczecin Branch. The project is supervised by SWECO / Lafrenz. The contractor is the PORR / Gulermak consortium.
Świnoujście tunnel – cost
The president emphasized that “this is a joint investment” and Świnoujście “participates in the costs of building this tunnel”. – This is a huge amount – one billion zlotys, but it is a necessary investment. Necessary for the Republic of Poland, for its inhabitants. Thank you that the authorities also decided to do so and boldly participate in the costs, not just blaming the State Treasury for it – he said.
He thanked all “those who finance this investment, those who planned it and all builders”.
The cost of building the tunnel is over PLN 912 million, of which over PLN 775 million is co-financing from the European Union. The city of Świnoujście contributes the rest from its own budget.
The contract for the design and construction of the tunnel was signed on September 17, 2018. In October 2020, a specially constructed TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine), weighing more than 3,000 tons, arrived in Świnoujście from China. tonnes, 105 m long and 13.4 m in diameter. The machine was disassembled for transport – it was mounted in the starting chamber. The TBM, named “Wyspiarka,” started boring a tunnel on the island of Usedom in March this year.
The road between Wolin Island and Uznam Island will have a total length of approx. 3.2 km (1,484 m is a tunnel bored by a machine).
Main photo source: PAP / Marcin Bielecki