Bypass improves quality of life for residents

A new road scheme in the Wrocław urban area aims to bring major improvements for both residents and road users, reducing journey times and boosting regional mobility.

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The infrastructure project involves the construction of a new, 35 km-long motorway bypass, comprising a 22 km stretch of a two-lane motorway and 5 km of expressway with two carriageways, plus an upgrade to an 8 km length of national road.

The works also involved building 40 flyovers and bridges, as well as access and service roads, a drainage system, and the erection of noise barriers and installation of road lighting. Some properties in the Wrocław and Trzebnica districts were demolished to make way for the new public roads.

The A8 bypass is part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) which forms a link across Poland between central Europe and those countries to the east of Poland.

Improving Poland´s road system

The initiative, which has been operational since September 2011, had three main goals. The first was to improve the capacity, safety and quality of the transport corridor for national and transit traffic. This has been of particular benefit to long-distance road traffic.

The second goal sought to improve the quality of life for people living adjacent to national road No 8, and facilitate mobility of people and goods with areas outside Lower Silesia. The third was to reduce travel time for road users and, within one year of completion, this was achieved.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of the A8 Wrocław motorway bypass” is EUR 924 905 590, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 651 401 030 from the Operational Programme "Infrastructure and Environment" for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis “TEN-T Road and Air Transport Network”.

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