New road brings major improvements

The city of Kecskemét in southern Hungary looks set to reap major benefits from a bypass, which will ease congestion, cut accident rates and reduce noise and air pollution. The new road – built around the northern fringes of the city – also improves journey times for motorists travelling further afield to places such as Budapest, Békéscsaba and Dunaföldvár.

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Several of Hungary’s main national roads and international routes run near to Kecskemét, including the M5 motorway and main roads No 5 and No 44. This position allows the new bypass to supplement the existing road network and to take large amounts of transit traffic away from the city centre. Around 114 000 local residents and people from the wider region can now expect improved accessibility to the city, as well as a more pleasant environment.

Major works

The project covered the construction of a 10.3 km stretch of bypass (though a further section looks set to be built in a later scheme, between 2014-2020). Work also provided for the construction of a parallel service road, six bridge structures and eight intersections. The bypass is one lane each way and has a design speed of 90 km/hour.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “445 Northern Bypass Road Around Kecskemét” is EUR 55 663 894, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 32 277 822 from the Operational Programme “Transport” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Improving Regional Accessibility”.

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