New Bargłów Kościelny bypass seeks to drive up growth in disadvantaged region

A road scheme aims to help breathe new life into one of Poland’s poorest regions, by improving the safety and quality of life of residents of Bargłów Kościelny. It is also designed to minimise environmental risks and increase road capacity.

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The investment has involved the construction of a near 12 km-long bypass in Bargłów Kościelny along national road No 61 on the section from Szczuczyn to Augustów. This national road is a major route from Warsaw to Augustów and, in conjunction with national roads Nos 8 and 16, brings traffic to the border crossings at Budzisko and Ogrodniki.

Improving road safety

The section of road on which the bypass has been built serves not only heavy transit traffic to and from the Polish border, but also significant commercial and tourist-related traffic in the summer, when traffic load on national road No 61 rises by 20 %. The improved safety is then expected to benefit the local population and other road users.

The two-lane road will have a speed limit of 110 km/h and it should result in annual time savings of EUR 2 953 721, and EUR 1 215 376 for passenger and goods traffic respectively.

The bypass includes three level crossings and five road viaducts, as well as construction of environmental protection facilities, 18 culverts for small animals, and road safety features. The scheme is expected to create 22 jobs.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the "Construction of Bargłów Kościelny bypass along national road No 61" project is EUR 70 942 925, of which the EU´s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 56 366 138 from the Operational Programme "Development of Eastern Poland" for the 2007-2013 programming period, under the priority axis "Transport infrastructure".

Draft date

10/12/2014