New motorway brings multiple benefits for all motorists

Construction of the S3 expressway running between Gorzów Wielkopolski and Sulechów in western Poland is providing quicker, safer journeys for local motorists and international travellers alike.

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The 79 km stretch of dual carriageway improves accessibility to the country’s road network for people living in nearby town and villages, and looks set to provide the region with an economic boost by making it a more attractive location for investment. The road offers motorists a design speed of 100 km/hour and is capable of carrying vehicles weighing 115 kilo-newtons per axle.

In 2015, the S3 is expected to carry up to 17 194 vehicles a day, which will take pressure off existing roads – notably National Road No3 – thereby helping to improve the quality of life in nearby settlements.

This new toll-road also forms part of the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), linking Northern Europe with the Adriatic ports and then on to Crete in Greece. European Union TEN-T programmes aim at making it easier for people and goods to move in and between Member States.

Massive building programme

In addition to the new expressway, this significant investment provided the following: the construction of four road intersections; the reconstruction of existing road intersections, which provide links with the existing road network; eight service areas, various bridges and wildlife crossings; the reconstruction of various sections of road which intersect with the S3 in order to adapt traffic systems to the new route; and the changing of the route of National Road No 24 along a 4 km section.

The scheme also provided various environmental protection facilities including rainwater receptacles and purifiers, netting for bats and the planting of green spaces.

Safety first

Efforts have been made to ensure the road is as safe as possible. Impact absorbing barriers have been installed on downhill sections, and platforms have been erected for emergency signage. The route is also furnished with: steel safety barriers; removable protective barriers in braking lanes; concrete barriers around overpass support pillars; and fencing along the entire length of expressway.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of the Gorzów Wielkopolski-Sulechów section of the Gorzów Wielkopolski-Nowa Sól S3 expressway” is EUR 525 668 117, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 399 359 335 from the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “TEN-T road and air transport network”.

Draft date

25/11/2014