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Warsaw, Ursynów. When is the POW tunnel opening? Broken fan went to Portugal for repair

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It is still unknown when the fire brigade will be able to once again inspect the tunnel of the Southern Bypass of Warsaw in Ursynów. According to “Gazeta Stołeczna” on Wednesday, the broken fan, which during previous inspections did not meet the parameters assumed in the project, had to be sent to Portugal for repair.

At the end of October, another – second – the inspection of fire systems in the POW tunnel ended with a negative assessment of the fire brigade. The ventilation capacity assumed in the design was not achieved. The General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways informed then that “the backup fan had failed”.

Last week, we asked Małgorzata Tarnowska, spokeswoman for the Warsaw branch of GDDKiA, when the next inspection in the tunnel would take place. She replied that a date would be set when the fan returned from repair. However, she could not indicate when it might be.


“This is not a supermarket replacement device”

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“Gazeta Stołeczna” asked Astaldi, the contractor of this section of POW, about the details of the repair. Aleksandra Kralkowska said that the fan in question had gone to Portugal for repair. – It is not a device that can be replaced in a supermarket – said Kralkowska when asked why it was necessary to send the fan so far. To her knowledge, the defect has been removed and the fan is on its way to Poland. After its reassembly, internal tests are planned first, and only at the end of this week or at the beginning of the next one, the firefighters should be reported for acceptance.

“Then the documentation and the access tunnel itself were checked by the construction supervision, and finally the voivode’s decision to put the vehicle into service” – reminded “Stołeczna”.

The newspaper also noted that the failure of the fan was not the only reason for the delay in opening the tunnel. – Our teams are constantly working on installations – said Aleksandra Kralkowska. On the other hand, Małgorzata Tarnowska admitted that corrections had been made in the control of the emergency crossing gate and the lighting of the emergency crossings.

POW tunnel near UrsynówKrzysztof Nalewajko / GDDKiA

The POW tunnel opening date has been postponed many times

The opening of the tunnel under Ursynów along the Southern Bypass of Warsaw has been postponed many times. At the end of September, we wrote about Fr. defective pavement. It was about “lack of the required frost resistance” in the approximately 400-meter-long section, outside the tunnel. The contractor had to carry out repair work at his own expense.

Initially whole, consisting of three stages, the investment was to be commissioned in August 2020. However, only in December, just before Christmas, 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.

– By the end of September, we plan to complete the acceptance and tests, then only waiting for the issuance of the occupancy permit. We repeat it invariably that this autumn the drivers will go through the tunnel – Szymon Piechowiak, a spokesman for GDDKiA, declared in August in an interview with the editors of the Polska i Świat magazine.

There are no further specific dates, and the calendar autumn lasts until December 21.

Gazeta Stołeczna, PAP, tvnwarszawa.pl

Main photo source: Krzysztof Nalewajko / GDDKiA

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