Warsaw’s Łazienkowski bridge back in service
PR dla Zagranicy
One of the Polish capital's busiest bridges was reopened to traffic on Wednesday, eight months after it went up in flames.
Photo: PAP/Leszek Wdowiński
Thousands of Varsovians may now heave a sigh of relief after 198 days that the bridge, whose daily traffic volume reached 100,000 vehicles, was out of order causing major congestion across the city.
The thoroughfare was officially opened by Warsaw mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz on Wednesday morning. The bridge, which was made available for public use days ahead of the deadline “is to last for the next one hundred years,” she stated.
While Warsaw drivers may now enjoy the entire stretch of the six-lane expressway, the full extent of the renovation works is to be completed by 2016, and cost over PLN 100 million (almost EUR 25 million) in total. Half of the amount was allocated to the project by the government.
The structure is also to gain cycling paths by 2017, an investment which is to take up some PLN 16 million (nearly EUR 4 million).
The much-awaited bridge was damaged by a blaze after its wooden components caught fire on 14 February. (aba/rk)