Construction of a new section of Wrocław’s Urban Ring Road to improve transit and local traffic

A new stretch of road in northern Wrocław will benefit drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and even wildlife while moving Europe forwards towards completion of its transport network.

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Wrocław is the largest city in Western Poland and is located on a strategic part of the trans-European transport network – the so-called TEN-T programme. The section of road being built for this project is north of the city of Wrocław from Osobowicka Street to Zmigrodzka Street. This 4.195 km section of road is part of a larger project to create a ring road in Wrocław and will form part of national road number 8.

It is located in an urban area and, as such, measures will be implemented to limit the negative environmental impact of building the road such as creation of systems for treating and collecting storm water, noise-prevention measures, green belts and facilities to conserve natural habitats.

With regard to wildlife in the area, there will be no less than 12 wildlife crossings to prevent fragmentation of animal populations. As such, the project will bring added value to the lives of Wrocław residents without detrimentally affecting their surroundings.

For the benefit of all road users

The newly built road will comprise two double carriageway roads with cycle paths and footpaths along its entire length. There will also be parking bays for buses and pathways for pedestrians and cyclists across the bridges that intersect the new road. Whether people are travelling on four wheels, two wheels or two feet, this project will lead to easier, faster and more pleasant journeys.

Related equipment and infrastructure will also be constructed or reconstructed as required such as railway signalling equipment, electricity, gas and water networks, sewerage and storm-water drains, district heating networks, telecommunication networks and environmental protection facilities.

Saving lives, saving time

The upgraded road is expected to dramatically decrease the number of accidents and accident fatalities through road widening, separation of different road users and improved signalling. Accidents are expected to decrease from 0.51 per million vehicle-kilometres (in 2007) to 0.14 in 2012. Fatalities, it is hoped, will decrease from 0.02 per million vehicle-kilometres to 0.01. As these life-saving improvements are quantifiable, it will be possible to measure how many lives have been saved directly as a result of implementing the project.

Time savings in EUR per year for both passengers and goods should increase from a base level of 0 in 2007 to a target of EUR 13 922 770 in 2012. The upgraded road will primarily benefit transit traffic and local people taking short journeys between outlying residential areas.

Total and EU funding


The project «Construction of the Northern bypass in Wrocław – Phase I» has a total eligible budget of EUR 61 974 930 with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 51 724 277 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

Draft date

23/01/2013