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Rising costs for Pfaffenthal elevator
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Rising costs for Pfaffenthal elevator

03.06.2014 From our online archive
An elevator connecting the capital's Pfaffenthal to the City centre will not be finished until December 2015, or even March 2016 in case bad weather should delay construction, with costs of the project rising.

(CS) An elevator connecting the capital's Pfaffenthal to the City centre will not be finished until December 2015, or even March 2016 in case bad weather should delay construction, with costs of the project rising.

The elevator was originally scheduled to open in 2011. When the construction company went bankrupt, however, the project was halted for over a year until October 2012.

Once construction resumed further problems created delays, such as the need for additional fortifications of the stone wall where construction takes place. Luxembourg City has meanwhile conceded that there was not sufficient test drilling to assess the rock formations.

It was discovered later that there was a mix of different layers of rock at the site, making it more difficult to drill and causing structural problems.

Work on the actual elevator shaft is not set to begin until later this summer.

The full project, which also includes a bridge across Côte d'Eich to a park behind Fondation Pescatore, will not be completed until December 2015 or even March 2016, should bad weather cause further disruptions.

The Luxembourg City council on Monday meanwhile approved additional funds for the project, which has seen costs rise from 7.5 million euros to 10.5 million euros.

With reporting by Rita Ruppert