Improving strategic regional connections in Poland

EU-funded project to reconstruct 9.262 km of road aims to reduce traffic jams and increase road safety at Hrubieszów, a town in the Polish region of Lubelskie, a border area with Ukraine.

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International roads are strategic hubs with constant heavy traffic, which produces circulation-related problems, such as traffic jams, accidents, pollution and noise.  One of these focal points is located in the south-eastern part of Poland, in the Lubelskie region: it is the district of Hrubieszów and part of a trans-regional route from Sulejów to the state border. 

The EU project reconstructs a 9.262 km section of the national road 74 to divert transit traffic from Hrubieszów. This bypass will lead directly to the crossing point at the Polish-Ukrainian border in Zosin and indirectly to the international border crossing at Hrebenne.

The reconstruction of this road section not only better connects people and businesses but also reduces travel time significantly. Thanks to the bypass, estimated passenger transport savings of up to EUR 2 223 420 per year and freight transport savings of EUR 207 762 per year are expected due to time saved on the road. 

Upgrading road infrastructure

The project will involve rebuilding five one-lane intersections between the national and regional road junctions. The speed limit for the bypass will be 80 km/h along a single two–lane carriageway. 

The project plans to renew both engineering and technical structures along the roadway. The roadworks include 4 new bridges, 7 viaducts, 18 animal passes, 89 road culverts, 15 km of road ditches and new street lighting. Underground work will also improve a diverse range of aspects such as energy, water and sewerage, gas and drainage networks, as well as railway telecommunication cables and rail traffic control devices. 

Improving quality of life 

Residents of Hrubieszów are the direct beneficiaries of these improvements. Apart from traffic being outside the town centre, bikers will be able to access a 230 m cycle path and pedestrians can enjoy 1 140 m of footpaths in the junction area alongside the road. Noise pollution is also reduced thanks to 198 m of barriers. 

All these actions will improve the quality of life of people living in the area, and provide better comfort for drivers and significant time savings. The local economy also benefits, as 574 new jobs have been created to carry out the work. 

The bypass is a public road, with no tolls foreseen. The authority responsible for implementing, operating and managing the finances is the Directorate-General for National Roads and Motorways, a unit funded directly under the state budget.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of the Hrubieszów bypass within the national road 74 Janów Lubelski – state border” is EUR 56 627 756, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 33 123 946 through the “Development of Eastern Poland ” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period. The investment falls under the priority “Transport infrastructure”.

Draft date

26/09/2016