Modern road gets a boost in medieval Polish region

An EU-funded project to complete work on a road close to the Carpathian Mountains improves journeys for more than 18 000 vehicles every year, bringing business and tourism to a beautiful corner of Poland.

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Beneficiaries of the Stobierna to Rzeszow route include tourists and businesses, visitors and citizens, transit traffic and local drivers. The upgrade diverts city and international transport from the centre of the town of Rzeszów, and makes it quicker to travel from the north. This new road is also good news for public safety and for the environment.

A road running through history

The road crosses through a hilly part of Poland that came to a peak of trade and prosperity in the Middle Ages. The earliest signs of life in this region date back to the Palaeolithic Age.

Even today, this corner of Eastern Europe finds itself at the crossroads of rich national heritage, with Ukraine in the east and Slovakia to the south. The Stobierna to Rzeszow route itself goes through two historic regions of the EU: the western and north-western counties of Lesser Poland, home to the gorgeous city of Krakow, and Red Ruthenia, the Polish part of Eastern Galicia.

An overall improvement

The project is one of ten priority railway corridors in the key trans-European transport network, known as TEN-T. It includes a three-lane single carriageway and a two-lane dual carriageway. The road links up with the A4 motorway and the administrative boundary of Rzeszów.

An expressway of about 6.89 kilometres in length and a national road of about 1.40 kilometres are due to be built, as well as a road junction, five viaducts and six bridges. Underpasses, an intersection and link road, as well as the access and internal roads needed to reach the neighbouring land, are all included in the project’s scope. Drainage and road safety audits will also be included.

 Greenery and crossings for wildlife have all been included in the project’s budget, as well as acoustic screens to prevent sound pollution, and a water purification system.

The road has been operational since 2012.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project "Construction of Express Road no 19, section Stobierna – Rzeszow" is EUR 71 286 147 with the EU’s Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 53 952 588 through the “Infrastructure and Environment” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period, under the “Transport safety and national transport networks” priority.

Draft date

10/04/2014