Construction company halts work on Blanka road tunnel following collapse

The construction company working on a road tunnel which collapsed in Prague said on Wednesday that excavation work will be stopped for several weeks. The Blanka road tunnel collapsed in two places in the early hours of Tuesday, trapping one of the workers. The excavator operator was rescued uninjured after some six hours. The spokesman for construction company Metrostav said that work would be stopped pending an investigation by the state mining authority into the cause of the collapse. The collapses occurred in the Prague neighbourhood of Dejvice, close to the buildings of the ministries of culture and interior. Prague’s mayor Pavel Bém has called for criminal proceedings to be launched over the endangering of public safety.

The construction of the Blanka road tunnel, which at over 6,000 metres will be the longest in the Czech Republic, began in 2007. A year later, the tunnel collapsed under the city’s Stromovka Park, creating a large crater.

Author: Chris Johnstone