The story of infrastructure delays is as old as, well, infrastructure. It’s always the same, though the actors change: Contractor bids low, runs out of money, doesn’t pay subbies. Subbies go on strike. Contractor (Covec) demands more money, state investor (GDDKiA) tells Covec to take a hike, holds new tender for new GC.
Thus was it always with infrastructure projects, and so will it be in the case of the A2 motorway in Poland. German football lovers were promised hassle-free driving for the Euro 2012. Now they’ll have to settle for stop-start autobahn and will have to hope the stadium stairs don’t collapse. (We’re not making this up, by the way: the National Stadium is also behind schedule because its stairs failed a construction inspection).