The Municipal Roads Authority informed about the selection of a company that will rebuild Plac Na Rozdrożu. The tender was won by Strabag Polska. As part of the reconstruction, lifts will be built, stairs will be renovated and bus stops will be widened.
Plac Na Rozdrożu is a special place. On the one hand, it is a historic area, which was established in the 18th century as part of the Stanisławowska Axis. On the other hand, in the 20th century it underwent a number of changes in connection with the construction of Trasa Łazienkowska. Since then, the central part of the square has two levels, with a city artery running under its slab in a tunnel. As indicated in the communication by the Municipal Roads Authority, the project of changes at Na Rozdrożu Square was prepared with respect for its historical layer and taking into account modern needs. It was preceded by public consultations and arrangements with the conservator of monuments. The investment will also have archaeological supervision.
After numerous arrangements, the implementation phase begins. Two bids were received in the tender for the redevelopment of the square. – The works will be entrusted to Strabag Polska, which valued it at PLN 26.4 million. This is the better of the two offers. The counteroffer of Warszawskie Przedsiębiorstwo Mostowe Mosty amounted to over PLN 34 million, ZDM informed in a press release.
The Strabag company is currently working in Warsaw on the construction of a tram route on Kasprzaka Street, and in previous years it was also responsible for, among others, for the redevelopment of Five Corners Square.
The works will take about a year from the moment of signing the contract. ZDM hopes to start them this year, but the end is planned for 2024. The investment will be co-financed under the Government Road Development Fund.
Plac Na Rozdrożu is more accessible
– For many people, the most important novelty will certainly be the construction of elevators that will connect the upper and lower levels of the square. They will lead straight to the bus stops along Trasa Łazienkowska, which are currently only accessible via long stairs. Elevators will be a great help for the elderly, people with disabilities or carers with children, for whom this place is completely inaccessible today.
As ZDM adds, the scope of works is wide and includes numerous improvements throughout the square. As part of the work, the stairs themselves, which are already heavily exploited, will be renovated. In addition, both bus stops will be widened, equipped with more seats and a higher, profiled curb, which will facilitate boarding the bus. There will also be more greenery on their edges.
Two new above-ground pedestrian crossings will also be designated – on the western side of Aleje Ujazdowskie (through the entrance to Koszykowa Street) and in the axis of Aleja Wyzwolenia. This involves the liquidation of descents to the underground passages located here. In such a situation, the crossings on the eastern side of Aleja Ujazdowski Park will also lose their raison d’être, which is why they will also be liquidated. The space regained in this way will also allow for a better course of the pavement and bicycle paths.
Bicycle traffic will also be streamlined and organized. The width of the existing crossings will be adapted to the current regulations, so they will be widened. Parallel to the new crossing, a new crossing will be built in the area of Koszykowa Street, to which a bicycle path will lead, connecting with the rest of the routes leading to the square. There will also be a bicycle link on the western side of the square and a bicycle path connecting the square with the viaducts over Agrykola, which are currently being rebuilt by the Warsaw City Development Board. At many points on the square, the bicycle route will be separated from the pavement by greenery.
There will also be a statue
At the same time, in the area of Plac Na Rozdrożu, the announced monument of the Battle of Warsaw 1920 is to be built, commemorating the victorious fight on the outskirts of the capital. The monument will be built as part of the government’s “Niepodległa” program. Both investments are to be implemented at the same time. Thanks to constant contact with program managers, they will be coordinated.
Main photo source: ZDM