Laying the foundations for speedier and safer road transport in Poland

A new dual carriageway will help improve conditions for passenger and freight road users across four Polish municipalities.

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The road, nearly 16 km in length, is part of the S-69 expressway, from the Mikuszowice junction in Bielsko-Biała to the Żywiec junction in Żywiec. The planned road crosses four municipalities - Wilkowice, Buczkowice, Łodygowice and Lipowa.

It will have a speed limit of 80 km/h and include four junctions and 25 bridges plus the installation of noise barriers, landscaping and new lighting. It is also likely to necessitate the demolition of some existing residential and commercial properties.

Gearing up for improved road conditions

One of the aims is to help bring about a "significant" reduction in traffic congestion on both existing regional and national roads in the area, thereby improving the quality of life for local residents.

The locality, which borders Poland´s border with Slovakia, is a busy transport intersection and it is hoped the project, partly funded by the EU´s Cohesion Fund, will also improve traffic conditions for freight traffic.

The new public road is currently under construction and will be subject to regular safety audits during its initial phase. A toll will be charged on the S-69 expressway section, which is part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

It is estimated that, when completed, the dual carriageway will result in substantial annual time savings for both passenger and freight transport, worth EUR 42 million and EUR 4 million respectively.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for "Construction of the S-69 expressway Bielsko Biała-Żywiec, junction Mikuszowice-Żywiec" project is EUR 268 610 289, of which the EU´s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 172 301 101 from the Operational Programme "Infrastructure and Environment" for the 2007 to 2013 programming period, priority axis VI "Road and air TEN-T network".

Draft date

18/11/2014