First rate investment in No. 1 national road in Poland

With more than 25 000 commuters utilising just one stretch of road, its wellbeing is of vital importance to both its citizens and the regions’ economic vitality. The EU is investing in the region’s economic future by keeping the road up and running.

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Roads represent a major lifeline for European cities and work centres - and the E75 road in Poland is just such a lifeline as it connects the Baltic ports of Gdańsk and Gdynia with the Upper Silesian Industrial Area as well as other cities such as Łodź. But just like the arteries in the human body they need to be kept healthy so that traffic can flow through these arteries in a healthy manner.

Reconstructing a road artery to a major industrial area

The historic ports of Gdańsk and Gdynia are major gateways for European trade. In 2010 the two ports combined saw over 44 million tonnes of cargo pass through them. But their effectiveness as transport hubs is also reliant on their accessibility to other modes of transport such as roads. These ports’ main access road is the national road no. 1 known as the E75 road corridor. It is also a primary internal route for the city of Wloclawek, connecting various internal districts. The project involves the reconstruction of this road and once completed it will provide a free alternative for transit traffic.

One road - multiple benefits

The road reconstruction involves the creation of a main accelerated road with a proposed capacity for the paving of 115 kilonewtons per axle. The two carriageways themselves will have a width of 7 metres, with pavements on both sides at least 2 metres in width.

In addition to the road itself other projects are also envisaged including reconstructing an important road viaduct, two footbridges over the route, as well as rebuilding the bridge over the river Zgłowiączka. The implementation of the project is expected to create 330 jobs.

While these are just some of the physical benefits, other benefits will also accrue as a result of the project. Commuters will see their average traveling speed increase by up to 34 km/h. Time saved as a result of the new road will also lead to an annual saving of approximately EUR 1 387 417.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Reconstruction of national road no 1 within the administrative borders of the city of Włocławek” is EUR 79 762 671, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 66 250 279 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority “TEN-T road and air transport network” of the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment”.

Draft date

23/05/2013