Enhancing Europe's easternmost east-west road axis

A new stretch of modern motorway is being constructed in north-eastern Hungary. It will link the city of Nyíregháza to Vásárosnamény, a town some 16 km from the nation's border with Ukraine.

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The four-lane M3 motorway will have a total length of almost 46 km. Designed to reduce journey times, it will benefit regional, national and international road traffic.

Built in two stages

This project fits into Hungarian transport plans to improve the accessibility of its international roads and regional centres. It will upgrade an existing road section between the Nyíregháza South Ring Road and the intersection of the M3 with main road No. 41 in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county. The section between Nyíregháza and Vásárosnamény is notable for being the European Union's easternmost east-west road axis.

Expected to last 30 months, the work is divided into two stages. The first covers a 38-km stretch running east from Nyíregháza to main road No. 49. Stage two involves construction of a 11.9-km stretch heading roughly north-east, from main road No. 49 to Vásárosnamény, and bypassing several small settlements along the way. The terminal intersection is on the territory of Vásárosnamény, at the crossing with main road No. 41. The new stretch runs mainly through flat country, including agricultural areas and some forests.

Reduced congestion, faster trips

Project designs call for construction of two twin-lane carriageways, plus engineering structures such as lay-bys, intersections and crossings. There will be a total of 29 bridges, of which seven are motorway flyovers. Besides work done to ensure environmental protection, there will be vegetation planting along the route and hydraulic construction works for the necessary public utility pipes and communication services.

The overall length of the new section will be 45.7 km and the maximum design speed will rise to 130 km/h. On average, the project should reduce journey times for private cars by around seven minutes, and by some eight minutes for heavy-goods vehicles. Around three-quarters of the project's economic benefits are related to reduced congestion and an associated reduction in travel times.

Four of the seven interchanges to be built along this stretch of motorway will establish connections to the rest of Hungary's public road network. The new section will also form an important part of the EU's emerging TEN-T international road network. Up to 2 000 direct jobs are to be created during project implementation.

Total and EU funding

The project "M3 Motorway between Nyíregháza and Vásárosnamény" has a total eligible budget of EUR 221 967 800, with the EU's Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 156 030 500 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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