Transporting the new to the old

A new dual highway will bring the best of the 21st century to a historic corner of Europe.

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The planned road project will improve links between Polish capital Warsaw and the North-East of the country. It will shorten travel times between large cities and improve commuter and business traffic between smaller towns, villages and the countryside.

Road safety will get a boost, in an area rich with lakes and designated Landscape Parks. Citizens and tourists alike will see their quality of life improved by the 31.25 kilometre highway.

Touching on centuries of history

The new road will pass by, and in some cases through, some of the most historically rich corners of Europe. A new section of the S7 road will cross the municipality of Olsztynek: the location of the spectacular riverside city of Olsztyn. The Teutonic Knights reached Olsztyn in the 14th century and built a castle that stands to this day. Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus made the castle his home in the 16th century, and a victorious Napoleon Bonaparte rode through two hundred years later.

The new dual carriageway will then travel straight through the city of Nidzica, host to another impressive mediaeval castle from the Teutonic Knights. The Nidzica County itself was created just 14 years ago, in 1999, to manage territorial administration and government for this region of Poland.

From knights to networks

The dual carriageway will be 31.25 kilometre long in total. This will be made primarily of a 25.54 km section of the existing S7 road, with an additional 5.71 km for the S51. S7 is part of the EU priority road network, the so-called TEN-T programme.

The road will be designed for speeds of 100 kilometres per hour, and axle loads of 115 kilonewtons (about 12 metric tons) per axle.

The project will include the construction of five interchanges, 33 engineering structures, one motorway service station and 17 crossings for wildlife. A feeder road will be built to connect the new carriageway with existing national road 7.

Culverts, feeder and service roads, walkways and cycle paths, bus bays, noise barriers and road lights will also be built, along with traffic management and road safety equipment. Finally, a drainage system and part of a storm-water system, along with pre-treatment installations for rainwater run-off, will be installed. Trees and shrubs will be removed where necessary, and new greenery planted. It is estimated that 1219 jobs are likely to be created during construction of the highway, with a further 160 jobs after completion.

Total and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of the S7 expressway from Olsztynek (S51) to Płońsk (S10) (Olsztynek Nidzica section)” amounts to EUR 354 573 455, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 289 634 599 through the “Road and air TEN-T network” priority of the “Infrastructure and Environment” Operational Programme for 2007-2013 programming period.

Draft date

09/04/2014