Smooth traffic flows around Budapest’s Ring Road

This project will complete the southern section of the Budapest Ring Road, providing a bypass for traffic on national motorways and a high-capacity access point between both sides of the Danube.

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The result will be a safe, 2x3 lane motorway between the M1 and M5, incorporating new bridges, overpasses, junctions and other features.

Growing demand calls for new construction

The first section of the Budapest Ring Road was opened to traffic in 1994 and today forms part of the Helsinki Corridors IV and V. However, the existing 2x2 lane layout and capacity of the Ring Road cannot cope with the continuously increasing traffic demand, notably the high proportion of heavy goods vehicles. The level of service is low and the route is very susceptible to incidents due to narrow lanes and the lack of a hard shoulder. These are some of the issues the project will address. Some 550 direct jobs will be created during the works phase; 18 during the operational phase, thus providing an added boost to the local economy. 

Safe and efficient system in the pipeline

A second carriageway is to be constructed adjacent to the old carriageway in sections 1-4 and put into operation as a 3-lane + emergency lane carriageway, thereby creating the 2 x 3 lane + emergency lane motorway. The main carriageway is to be constructed of concrete with reinforced concrete pavement, while other sections will be constructed of high modulus asphalt pavement.

On the existing carriageway, the project includes work to remove concrete barriers as well as modifications of traffic signs and road markings. A 770 m bridge over the Danube River at Háros and a 500 m bridge over the Danube River at Soroksár feature in the building plans.

Other key components of the works include constructing an overpass across a public road and the Ráckeve local railway in Dunaharaszti, widening median and shoulder areas for safe stopping visibility, constructing a rainwater drainage canal to drain water from parts of the carriageway, building a new junction on Növény Street, and enlarging the rainwater pump station on Váza Street. The works will also address the problem of insufficient capacity of the second branch of the Gyáli watercourse, which is unable to receive and channel the extra rainwater coming from the motorway.

Environmental concerns feature in the planning

The road section being developed crosses two NATURA 2000 sites. As a result, measures will be taken to meet the requirements of EU directives on conserving natural habitats and protecting wild fauna and flora and also Hungarian legislation on breeding periods and floating bogs.


Draft date

24/03/2011