Four-lane highway will drive region’s economic development

A highway section in West Bohemia is being upgraded to four lanes, with a view to enhancing traffic flow and safety.

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The project will focus on 25 km of road from the village of Jenišov to Kamenný Dvůr on the eastern outskirts of Karlovy Vary. Besides improving regional transport connections, it will benefit the E48 and E49 – roads that form key links to Germany to the west and Austria to the south-east.

Doubling of lanes

The I/6, as it is known in the Czech Republic, is an important arterial highway between the capital city of Prague, Central Bohemia and Moravia, and the West Bohemian area of Karlovy Vary – Sokolov – Cheb. It is also part of Europe’s expanding international road network (the so-called TEN-T programme), carrying traffic to Germany, mainly via the Pomezí nad Ohří border crossing, and to Austria via Pilsen and České Budějovice.

The project seeks to improve the road connection between the Prague and Karlovy Vary regions with further connections to Germany. Contractors will enlarge the existing road to four lanes along the E48 international road and build other essential infrastructure, including bridges.

Work will be divided into four separate sections. Running from west to east, they are: Jenišov-Nové Sedlo, Nové Sedlo-Sokolov, Sokolov-Tisová and Tisová-Kamenný Dvůr.

Faster and safer journeys

The new four-lane divided road will be 24 853 m long. Its main stretch will feature six junctions and some 3.3 km of new bridges, numbering 23 in total. Seven new bridges will also be constructed on smaller connecting roads, with a total length of some 520 m. Sixteen road relocations will also be necessary.

Once completed, the R6 expressway is expected to result in significantly shorter travel times in the West Bohemia region, while boosting international road links, especially to Germany. Its four lanes will also bring improvements in travel safety and eliminate traffic congestion, which will in turn lead to significant operational cost savings. The new road will also enhance the local environment, because it will bypass several towns and villages that are currently crossed by the I/6.

Taken together, these improvements should spur on the economic development of the Central Bohemian and Karlovy Vary regions on linking road sections. The project itself is expected to generate around 115 jobs during the implementation phase.

Total and EU funding

The project “Expressway R6, Jenišov – Kamenný Dvůr Section” has a total eligible budget of EUR 453 109 400, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 304 339 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

Draft date

04/06/2012