New expressway to boost road connections between Polish regions

The construction of a new expressway aims to breathe new life into two Polish provinces and bring a boost to the local economy.

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The 45 km stretch of expressway S8, section Syców – Kępno – Wieruszów – Walichnowy, will straddle Wielkopolskie and Łódzkie and also includes partial redevelopment of the national roads DK11 and KK8.

Motorists will be charged to use the new expressway which forms part of the planned Prague-Helsinki expressway – an element of the trans-European networks (TEN-T) programme - which seeks to connect the Polish conurbations of Wrocław, Łódź, Warsaw and Białystok.

Wide ranging benefits

A wide range of road users are expected to benefit, including local inhabitants who will be able to use the new highway for work and leisure, as well as freight operators and tourists.

One of the objectives is to make the areas in question more accessible and therefore more attractive for future investment. The project also aims to improve the comfort of travel and the quality of life for people living nearby.

The overall technical scope of the project includes the construction of three  junctions; 44 engineering structures (29 overpasses, 9 crossings for large and medium-sized animals, 1 pedestrian crossing and 5 bridges); culverts; two service areas, and link and access roads.

The scheme will bring safe and fast transport to the regions, with dual lanes in each direction, a design speed of 100 km/h and surface load capacity of 115 kiloNewtons per axle.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the "Expressway S8, section Syców-Kepno-Wieruszów-Walichnowy" project is EUR 319 977 124, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 247 278 055 from the Operational Programme "Infrastructure and Environment" for the 2007 to 2013 programming period, under priority axis "TEN-T road and air transport network".

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