Road builders announce that there will be a pedestrian crossing and a bicycle crossing through Wisłostrada, at the height of Karowa. It is to facilitate the use of the pedestrian and bicycle footbridge, which is being built on the Vistula River.
The bridge over the Vistula is to be a new showcase of Warsaw. The work is already very advanced.
“We also want to take care of the infrastructure in its immediate vicinity. Therefore, it is particularly good news that the city council of Warsaw has granted us money for the design and construction of a new pedestrian crossing through Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie Street, at the height of Karowa” – informs the Municipal Roads Authority.
This is a surprising announcement, because when urban movements called for the crossing, road workers explained that the zebra crossing at the exit of the Wisłostrada tunnel would be a dangerous solution. There were allegations that the lack of simple communication would make the footbridge non-functional. Some even postulated moving descents and descents to the other side of the artery.
Two million zlotys to go
Currently, in order to get to the other side of Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie, pedestrians and cyclists must use the underground passage at the height of Bednarska. Two million zlotys were allocated to the new solution by the councillors.
“We want them to be able to do it in a more comfortable way after the construction of the new bridge, i.e. on the surface. The new crossing is to be located in the axis of the bridge. It is to be equipped with traffic lights and bicycle crossings” – road workers say. “The planned investment is therefore strategically connected with the construction of a new bridge and will be a continuation of the pedestrian and bicycle route. The bridge itself will bring Praga closer to the center, connecting the revitalized areas of right-bank Warsaw with the Vistula Boulevards at the pavement level” – they add.
The construction of the pedestrian and bicycle bridge may end earlier, i.e. at the end of this year, or as planned – in spring 2024. The bridge will cost PLN 120 million.
Pedestrians will cross the new bridge in six minutes on foot, and it will take two minutes for cyclists.
Main photo source: ZDM