Bypass brings region-wide benefits

A new bypass constructed around Nowogard has boosted traffic capacity and brought a number of other tangible advantages to the busy little town located close to Poland’s Baltic coast.

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Just over 9.4 km in length and built to expressway standards, the bypass is the fruit of an investment project completed in Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship (West Pomerania Province), and more specifically in Goleniów District, in the town and municipality of Nowogard. The new infrastructure forms part of the S6 expressway running between the cities of Szczecin and Gdańsk in north-west Poland.

Safer and faster travel

One of the project’s main goals is to develop municipal infrastructure by increasing transport system capacity and to improve road safety for vehicles and pedestrians. Planners also aimed to improve the quality of life for residents, by reducing exhaust emissions and limiting noise from local traffic.

The bypass features two carriageways, each carriageway having two lanes. Additional infrastructure built during the project includes road junctions, service roads for the adjacent land, eight flyovers, a wastewater drainage system, 24 wildlife crossings, noise barriers, pavements, and bus lay-bys. Environmental protection and road safety equipment were also installed.

Time savings

In 2012, the first full operating year for the bypass, estimated time savings were significant. They amounted to almost EUR 5.7 million per year for passenger transport and slightly more than EUR 1 million per year for freight transport. The aim of the new bypass is to make the local area more economically attractive, whilst improving access to existing and potential businesses.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of the Nowogard town bypass forming part of the S-6 road” is EUR 55 257 805, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 39 541 434 for the 2007-2013 programming period. The project falls under the “Infrastructure and Environment” Operational Programme, priority “Transport safety and national transport networks".

Draft date

22/10/2013