A safer and closer connection between Ostrava–Opava

A better and safer road transport system has been created around the Ostrava–Opava conglomeration. The project improves safety, air quality and transport connections for more than 160 000 inhabitants. The new infrastructure will be surrounded by more than 57 000 m2 of landscaped areas making the towns more attractive to visitors and investors.

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The road connecting the Ostrava–Opava conglomeration was considered unsuitable when compared to modern construction standards. In order to improve safety and traffic flow, it was decided that a new road was needed. In particular, one section of the road was highly problematic, the section between Mokré Lazce and Krásné Pole. The central pillar of the project concerned the rerouting of a road over a distance of 9.75 km. This required three separate junctions, ten bridges and the relocation of several older roads. It is estimated that the project will bring more than EUR 79 million in time savings, demonstrating that the benefits very much outweigh the costs. 

Ostrava–Opava conglomeration

Ostrava and Opava are closely linked cities in the north-east of the Czech Republic, a region known as Moravian-Silesia, close to the Polish border. The cities are just a few kilometres from each other and have well-established links. Many people live in one town, but got to school or work in the other town. While there has always been a road link, the traffic moved slowly and didn’t meet the highest standards of safety that are expected today. 

The project is also part of a wider plan to create nearly 30 km of road transport infrastructure. The new network will take heavier freight traffic out of the city centres improving air quality and road safety for citizens. The new infrastructure will also facilitate the economic recovery of the region.

Supporting infrastructure

In addition to the main road much complementary infrastructure was needed. New junctions were built, nearly 10 km of road was constructed to replace older roads that had to be relocated and ten bridges added a further 1.5 kilometres of road to the project.

The project is very much in line with the EU’s policy objective to support transport projects that bring benefits to the local and regional economy, but which also contributes to the creation of a wider European network of high-quality roads, that improve the mobility of people and goods. The transport projects supported by the EU under the Czech ‘Transport’ Programme also take account of the wider EU policies. The roads are designed in such a way that they help reduce noise pollution, reduce the number of traffic accidents and cut the exposure of citizens to air pollution.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project "Road I/11 Mokré Lazce – border of districts Opava, Ostrava" is EUR 184 825 391, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 157 101 582 through the “Transport” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period.

Draft date

13/04/2016