The Calvary of the Csömöri út overpass can last for years

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Due to lack of money, the renovation company withdrew its machinery from the construction site

Some experts consider the demolition of the Csömöri út overpass to be conceivable, not the renovation – the Magyar Nemzet was informed. Our paper knows that the contractor has signaled to the capital that the cost of the investment has jumped, but City Hall has no plans to give additional money for renovation. While the capital is running a costly anti-government poster campaign, the traffic chaos of the overpass being lost makes life difficult for thousands every day.

The Csömöri út overpass crossing the border of Zugló and Pestújhely is in such poor condition that

experts consider it expedient to demolish the structure

– the Hungarian Nation learned. The overpass has been closed to traffic for months, only the services of the Budapest Transport Center (BKK) can pass through it.

Our newspaper was informed by city hall sources in Budapest that the construction company Colas Zrt., After finding the critical errors that were not anticipated in advance, immediately indicated to the competent authorities that the renovation may involve more serious costs than expected. Moreover, it is possible that the structure is no longer in a state where reconstruction can begin at all. The capital headed by Gergely Karácsony informed the company that there was no more money for the renovation, therefore the machines of Colas Zrt. Withdrew from the area. The Magyar Nemzet asked questions to the construction company, but we did not receive an answer until we closed.


At the end of September 2020, Kata Tüttő, Deputy Mayor for Urban Management, announced that the deadline for renovating the overpass would be postponed to December 2021.

At that time, the city administration ordered an expert opinion from the Department of Bridges and Structures of the Budapest University of Technology, some details of which were published by the Mayor’s Office. According to the statement, “The condition of the bridge heads and at least four other pillars among the substructures of the bridge may jeopardize the safe flow of traffic and the stability of the bridge. The failure could have been caused by the failure of the insulation, the technological defects of the renovation in 1988 and the lack of maintenance work. ” Our paper contacted the head of the department, who, however, stated that he could only comment on the matter with the permission of the customer.

Budapest Csömöri road overpass. Photo: István Mirkó

According to the capital’s announcement, at that time, in September 2020, BKK prepared “the materials needed to amend the contract, instruct the contractor to prepare the scaffolding as soon as possible and make a proposal to the October general meeting of the capital to increase the coverage. The above measures represent a gross additional expenditure of HUF 344 million compared to the value of the current contract, which will be decided by the General Assembly of the Capital City. The bridge is expected to be returned to road traffic in December 2021. ”

Submission of Deputy Mayor Kata Tüttő, available on the website of the General Assembly of the Capital, under number KGY / 2020/40 / E011, which he submitted to the General Assembly on 28 October 2020, but no decision has been made on the matter since then. True, Mayor Gergely Karácsony can currently decide on this in one person because of his special privileges arising from the emergency, as the General Assembly does not meet due to the virus situation. But, as we have already indicated,

the capital would not currently provide additional funding for the renovation, it considers it much more important to launch an anti-government poster campaign.

The juice of all this is drunk by the locals, as the traffic on the alternative routes used instead of the Csömöri út overpass is increasing, for example at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth Road and Cluj Street, and in Miskolc Street.

Source: Magyar Nemzet by

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