Warsaw links lifted by new bridge and roads

A major project in northern Warsaw delivers two short new roads, associated infrastructure and a large bridge spanning the River Vistula. The bridge, named Maria Skłodowska-Curie after the famous Polish scientist, forms a vital link between the left-bank district of Bielany and Białołęka district on the right.

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The so-called Northern Bridge Link (TMP) is divided into three separate tasks, because of the significant funding and organisation required. Under Task I, the project featured here was the most important part of the TMP, as it sought to enhance the city’s local transportation and connections to the national road network.

Relative isolation

Warsaw’s northern suburbs have suffered from a lack of river bridges, compared to their southern neighbours. This three-year project aimed to remedy the situation, by linking two districts that face one another across the River Vistula.

The project is split into two phases. Under the first one, infrastructure (a river bridge) was built from the Pułkowa St. intersection to the Modlińska St. intersection. Phase two built roads, with junctions and pedestrian crossings, on the left bank. They run from the Pułkowa St. intersection next to the bridge and head in a north-westerly direction to the Młociny intersection, home to stations for the city’s metro, buses and trams plus a ‘park and ride’ system. The implementation of the project is expected to create 1 800 jobs.

The construction includes a 3.4 km section of four-lane national road, designed to carry traffic at speeds up to 70 km/h. Provincial road sections totalling almost 900 m were also built in the project’s two districts.

One bridge, three structures

The bridge, initially called the North Bridge, is some 800 m in length. The main part is a 160 m span across the river, with 110 m spans adjacent to it. The bridge is in fact made up of three parallel ones. The first and second are three-lane carriageways for westbound or eastbound motor vehicles. The third (north) bridge carries trams and separate paths for bikes and pedestrians.

Local and through traffic flow will be boosted significantly by the project, with benefits for residents and businesses in the Mazovian Region and beyond. Expected time savings for freight and passenger transport for 2012 alone were calculated to be worth over EUR 2.5 m and EUR 26.8 m respectively. The new infrastructure should also help to reduce traffic accidents in this area of Warsaw.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of the Northern Bridge Link (TMP) from the Pułkowa St. intersection to the Modlińska St. intersection and from the Pułkowa St. intersection to the Młociny intersection” is EUR 320 184 001, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 223 415 591 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority "Transport safety and national transport networks" of the Operational Programme for “Infrastructure and Environment”. 

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