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Warsaw. The southern viaduct of the Łazienkowska Route opens. Changes in traffic organization

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Although finishing works will still be in progress, the southern viaduct of Trasa Łazienkowska at Agrykola will be passable today. It will open at 10 p.m. There are three lanes towards Praga-Południe – two for individual drivers and a bus lane.

According to the plans, the new two viaducts of the Łazienkowska Route near the Agrykola Park were to be ready in March 2024. As the city hall states in a statement, the good pace of work allowed them to complete their construction earlier and make the second viaduct available four months ahead of schedule. From Tuesday, October 31 – from 22:00 – all three lanes towards Praga-Południe will be available: two for individual drivers and a bus lane.

The Łazienkowska route at Agrykola is already ready. As I announced, we are opening it a few months ahead of schedule. Today we are opening the second of the newly built viaducts to traffic. The first drivers will drive it from 10 p.m., says Rafał Trzaskowski, mayor of Warsaw, quoted in the release.

Switching traffic towards Praga-Południe to the new viaduct will enable changing the markings on the northern viaduct. For the next few days, two lanes towards the center will be maintained (including a bus lane), and work will continue on the part that was previously used to drive towards Praga-Południe. “Removing the old and applying new markings will also cover, among others, the area of ​​access to the viaducts and the Jazda Polska roundabout. In a few days, after the completion of these works, three lanes in each direction (including a bus lane) will be available on both new viaducts”, and the bus stop in the area of ​​the Jazda Polska roundabout will return to its former place, i.e. from the road level of Trasa Łazienkowska to the level of the roundabout,” explains the city hall.

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The cost of rebuilding the viaducts of Trasa Łazienkowska is approximately PLN 90.5 million. It is implemented by the Capital City Development Authority. The contractor of the works is SKANSKA SA.

Buses will return to their stops

Due to the opening of the second viaduct of the Łazienkowska Route at Agrykola, buses will return to their permanent stops. The Rozbrat 01 stop will be open again on the southern road of the route at Rozbrat Street (from November 1, from the beginning of day lines, and for night lines from the night of October 31). Bus lines 138, 143, 151, 182, 187, 188, 411, 502, 514, 520, 523, 525 and N25 will stop there. Buses on express lines 411, 502, 514, 520, 523 and 525 will no longer stop “on request” at the Torwar 01 stop (on the viaduct over the Wisłostrada route).

In the coming days, changes will also be introduced at the Politechnika metro stops. The Metro Politechnika 01 stop will be open again and the Metro Politechnika 51 will be closed. This means that buses no. 143, 182, 187, 188 and 523 will again stop at their regular stop at the side road of Armii Ludowej Avenue towards Rondo Jazdy Polskiej.

The viaducts needed modernization

The new viaducts of Trasa Łazienkowska are approximately 400 meters long. They replaced old facilities that had been in use since 1974 and required modernization due to their deteriorating technical condition.

According to the city hall, before the reconstruction began, over 110,000 vehicles passed through the viaducts daily. In 2015, specialists from the Warsaw University of Technology performed an expert opinion on the technical condition of the viaducts, in which they recommended dismantling the structures and rebuilding them from scratch.

In July 2021, the Capital City Development Authority signed an agreement with SKANSKA for the reconstruction of viaducts. The first of them, the northern one, was closed to traffic at the end of January 2022. Its demolition and then reconstruction began. In December 2022 – after eleven months – the new northern viaduct was ready. Its opening enabled traffic to be switched in both directions to the northern side of Trasa Łazienkowska and work to commence on the southern side.

In a few months – from February – the entire reinforced concrete structure of the southern viaduct was built, along with a concrete slab, on which paving began in September. After installing the barriers and balustrades and making the horizontal markings, the viaduct was ready. Its opening required obtaining an occupancy permit. These were issued on Tuesday, October 31 by the District Construction Supervision Inspector.

Work on paths and under viaducts

Comprehensive finishing works are still underway on the pedestrian and bicycle routes in the area of ​​the Vistula escarpment and under the viaducts – the eastern part of the road at the Sedlaczka roundabout and traffic lights are being built there. A pedestrian and bicycle route is also being built next to the Church of Our Lady of Jerusalem on Łazienkowska Street, and the structures of both viaducts are being protected against corrosion.

“After the entire investment is completed, for which the contractor has until March 2024, the change for the better will be felt not only by drivers. On the new viaducts, apart from the roads, pedestrian and bicycle paths and ramps will be opened on both sides, improving road accessibility for people with mobility limitations.” – assures the city hall in a statement.

The next stage of the ongoing reconstruction of Trasa Łazienkowska is an investment at Agrykola Park. So far, the following have been renovated: the Łazienkowski Bridge, the flyovers at the junctions with Wisłostrada and Wał Miedzeszyński, and the viaduct at Przyczółek Grochowski. In mid-2025, the ongoing reconstruction of the viaducts of the Łazienkowska Route in Saska Kępa will be completed.

Main photo source: C. Warś/UM Warszawa

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