Tunnelling work completed at Blanka
Construction workers in the Czech capital on Monday removed a final cubic metre of earth from the city’s Blanka tunnel – built to streamline traffic through busy parts of the city. The end of tunnelling means that traffic restrictions in several above ground areas will now be lifted. But work on the tunnel itself is far from finished.
“You can compare the removal of the last bit of earth from the tunnel to finishing the frame of a house. That means that while the tunnelling work itself is complete, there’s still a lot left to do before the complex is complete. The road surface itself will now have to be finished, as well as work above ground. After that, comes an especially important facet: introducing needed technology.”
Then, earlier this year, there was another shock: a realisation by City Hall under new Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda that the project was 10 billion crowns over-budget. With some facets of the plan since scaled down and more closely-monitored, the project is now expected to cost 36 billion crowns. Since, there have also been assurances the current price-tag is final. Metrostav’s František Polák again:
“If the scope of the current project remains as it is, there will be no change in the cost. The important thing, for example, is that the Trója Bridge is being built according to the proposal was agreed. From where things stand now, I think that the current amount is final.”