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Tunnel under Ursynów along the Southern Bypass of Warsaw. When is the opening?

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The new pavement is being laid on the section of the Southern Bypass of Warsaw, where irregularities have been previously detected. A spokeswoman for the capital branch of the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways said that this did not in any way affect the date of putting the route into service and kept the date that was given earlier.

On September 13, we reported that the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways detected irregularities in the concrete surface of the Ursynów part of the South Ring Road of Warsaw. It was about “lack of the required frost resistance” in the approximately 400-meter section, outside the tunnel. The contractor was to carry out repair work at his own expense.

On Friday, a spokeswoman for the Warsaw branch of GDDKiA, Małgorzata Tarnowska, informed us that – as previously announced – it had already completed the demolition of the defective pavement. – A new pavement is now being laid with the restoration of the rest. The works will be completed by September 26 – she said.

As she stated, this does not in any way affect the final date of commissioning the new section of the bypass. – As we have already informed, it will take place in the fall – she said. Road workers have not yet specified which month of autumn it is about. Tarnowska did not indicate a specific date this time. She also did not answer the question of whether the tunnel could be opened before November 1.

Before GDDKiA there is still an inspection by the State Fire Service, and then submitting an application to the Provincial Inspectorate of Construction Supervision in Warsaw (WINB) for a POW operating permit. According to Tarnowska, it is a “complex administrative procedure” during which the inspectorate’s employees will check the extensive as-built documentation, and then conduct an on-site inspection, and only then will they be able to issue an occupancy permit. Then nothing will prevent GDDKiA from opening the S2 route together with the tunnel under Ursynów.

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They repeatedly postponed the opening date of the POW tunnel

Deadline for completion of the South Bypass of Warsaw has already been moved several times. Originally, the entire investment, consisting of three stages, was to be commissioned in August 2020. It was only in December, just before Christmas, that two sections were opened: from the Lubelska junction to Przyczółkowa. In the case of the tunnel near Ursynów, in accordance with the annex to the contract, the time for completion of works was extended until the end of March 2021. The reason was, among other things, a long procedure of obtaining a permit for a road investment. Then the investor declared that the drivers would go through the tunnel in the second quarter of 2021, which was also not met.

From December 22, drivers have a stretch of over 15 kilometers at their disposal Warsaw South Bypass between the Warszawa-Wilanów and Lubelska junctions together with the new bridge over the Vistula. The route can be accessed through four interchanges: Warszawa-Wilanów, Wał Miedzeszyński, Patriotów and Lubelska. The total cost of the construction of the three sections of S2, forming a part of the Southern Bypass of Warsaw, is approximately PLN 4.6 billion, of which nearly PLN 1.7 billion is the amount of funding from the European Union under the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program.

Main photo source: Artur Węgrzynowicz / tvnwarszawa.pl

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