Easing congestion near the German-Polish border

This project, which benefits in part from ERDF funding, involves construction work on the new B178N trunk road. The new route is designed to improve road links in Saxony between the German/Polish border and the A4 motorway. The aim is to increase road capacity and speed up journey times, given the fact that the existing road infrastructure in this region will be unable to cope with rising traffic volumes in the near future.

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Faster traffic flows

As part of construction work on the new B178N trunk road, 5.94 km of dual carriageway are being built from south of Löbau to Obercunnersdorf. The total investment cost relates to construction of the new road in Saxony from the German/Polish border as far as the A4 motorway. The project’s overall building phase extends from 1 January 2008 to 31 August 2012.

Construction of a new fast link to the A4 motorway will divert through-traffic away from the towns of Möbau, Zittau and other residential developments along the existing B96, B6 and B178 trunk roads. The new route will do a great deal to improve cross-border links (Germany, Poland and Czech Republic) and connections with the centre of Zittau as well as Dresden, capital of the federal state of Saxony.

The need to build the new B178N trunk road is particularly acute, because eastern Saxony has no fast and continuous north-south link connecting with the A4 motorway. As a result, traffic has to use various secondary roads that pass through neighbouring localities. The B178N trunk road will facilitate faster traffic flows and relieve congestion in built-up areas and on the secondary road network while also easing bottlenecks.

Benefits for local residents

The main beneficiaries of the project will be the people living close to the new B178N trunk road. Similarly, long-distance private motorists and commercial traffic from Poland and the Czech Republic travelling to this part of Germany near the Polish border or on through to the city of Dresden will enjoy faster, easier journeys on better roads. Regional accessibility will be enhanced and the transportation of goods and other materials will be easier and faster.

The new trunk road section will be of dual-carriageway standard and have a statutory speed limit of 100 km/h.

The priority axis co-financing rate for the B178N trunk road project is 65%. As a result, the estimated European Regional Development Fund contribution to the project is €15 million.

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