We will strive every single day to ensure that this tunnel was opened four years later, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the ceremonial signing of the contract for the construction of the tunnel connecting the Islands of Wolin and Uznam on the North coast of Poland.
Morawiecki highlighted that the event was taking place on September 17, the 79th anniversary of Poland being “torn” by the twin invasions of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and that the tunnel’s commencement stood as a symbolic joining of Polish lands via the Świnoujście tunnel.
The prime minister said Poland would strive every day to ensure the tunnel’s successful opening on schedule to break the “characteristic feature of many years past – that inability, impossibility.”
“I believe that through such investments as this not only will we join Poland in the material, infrastructural, symbolic, inter-personal dimension, but we will also show what Poland can do in the developmental and economic dimension,” Morawiecki stated.
The passage at Świnoujście will connect the islands of Uznam and Wolin, divided by the river Świna, which is also part of the water route to the port of Szczecin. The most important part of the project will be a 1.76-kilometre tunnel which will enable motorists to travel under the Świna.
The value of the investment is PLN 912 million (EUR 212.2 million) with over PLN 775 million (EUR 180 million) in EU co-financing. The funds come from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014-2020.