70% of works on the construction of the road system at the Port of Gdańsk
In autumn this year, the reconstruction of the road and rail system, a project that is extremely important for the Port of Gdańsk, will probably be completed. The investment worth over 176 million is implemented by NDI from Sopot. The new road and rail system with a length of 9.4 km (including 16 new turnouts) is to provide facilities for the future Central Port, thanks to which the transhipment at the Port of Gdańsk may reach 100 million tonnes per year.
Currently, the progress of work is 70%. Works related to the construction of the WD1, WD2, WD3, WD4, P2 facilities have already been completed. The occupancy permit has been issued for the first of the facilities – WD1. Meanwhile, the WD3 facility along with Nowa Portowa Street is ready to be opened to traffic. Within two months, drivers will also be able to drive the new communication system within the WD2 facility. This will help to connect Kontenerowa Street with the areas inside the Port. The contractor has already completed railway works related to the construction of the T700 group tracks.
‘Infrastructure determines the port’s potential. The number of transhipments is growing faster and faster, our contractors are developing and expanding, which is why we must provide roads and tracks that will facilitate the efficient transport of goods. This project will fill a huge gap in port infrastructure and will certainly contribute to the fact that the Port of Gdańsk will be at the forefront of European ports,’ says Łukasz Greinke, President of ZMPG S.A.
‘The milestone of the project was the transfer of traffic to the track to DCT,’ explains Maciej Szymański, construction manager from NDI. This investment requires huge logistics support and work coordination. Definitely the most interesting were works related to securing PERN and Lotos transmission pipes, which go through elements strategic for the construction. From the beginning, our forces have been concentrated on the fastest possible execution of works on the P2 facility, which is located under the planned T708 and 901 tracks leading to DCT. At the turn of September and October last year, we successfully completed works on this facility, and less than a month later the traffic to DCT was routed via the new tracks. This allowed us to start soil reinforcement on the ramp to the WD-4 facility. A lot of works at the construction site are interdependent and the key to this investment was to plan the work so as to make subsequent fronts accessible as soon as possible.
Works on the P1 facility are currently being completed. Already in December, deep reinforcement of the ramp to the WD4 facility was executed in Kontenerowa St. In January, a load bearing embankment was made, and by March the soil will have consolidated, which will allow the completion of the last soil reinforcement at the construction site.
Railway works on the T148, T150 and T800 tracks are also underway.
The last stage of the reconstruction of Kpt. W. Poinca St. will commence soon. Due to the very difficult terrain in terms of the amount of underground utilities, the biggest challenge is the efficient implementation of works on the streets inside the port, so as to reduce the impact on traffic of vehicles servicing the port areas to a minimum.
As a part of the project of expanding the road and rail system at the Outer Port carried out by NDI for Port of Gdańsk SA, the following streets are being reconstructed: Portowa, Poinca, Kontenerowa and Budowniczych Portu Północnego, with a total length of 5.6 km. Four new flyovers are under construction and two existing ones will be demolished (including one over active railway tracks and the other over a set of fuel supply pipes of PERN, LOTOS and Naftoport). An additional track to the DCT terminal, new tracks to coal terminals, and a modern rail traffic control system are planned. A buffer car park for heavy goods vehicles will also be built – the first one in this part of the Port.
Digging the Spit – current photos and a video from a drone
For several weeks now, works on the investment “Construction of a waterway connecting the Vistula Lagoon with the Gulf of Gdańsk” have been underway. After the site was handed over to the Contractor, i.e. the Polish-Belgian consortium of NDI and Besix, the construction was fenced. A specialist company entered the investment area and dealt with the removal of so-called ferromagnetic objects. The remains after World War II included mainly shells, cartridges and boxes with ammunition. Facilities, i.e. a construction office, have been constructed on the premises of the investment as well.