Ring-road brings transport and environmental solutions
The northern urban ring road in Wrocław is changing not only the lives of those of who use it, but also that of the nearby wildlife who will be able to use wildlife and ecological crossings
The project is much more than a ring road, as it involves the construction of two two-lane carriageways, cycle paths, footpaths, parking bays for buses as well as a number of engineering structures.
Located in Lower Silesia, the city of Wrocław is the largest in western Poland. And this new 4.195 km stretch of ring-road from Osobowicka st. to Żmigrodzka st. is forming part of national road No 8 and will assist people traveling from Wrocław to outlying regions. Of utmost importance, the road is designed to save lives and it is estimated that the number of accidental fatalities will fall to 0.01 per million vehicle kilometres.
Planned road-safety measures include the use of appropriate road markings and signs, marking off of slip roads, protective barriers and use of traffic lights. Infrastructural elements connected to road safety include multi-level intersections with national and regional roads. The new road will also save time for its users, this time saving is valued at EUR 13 922 700.
As well as saving human lives, great efforts have been made to save animal lives and to limit overall the negative environmental impact of constructing the ring road. This includes the use of appropriate systems for treating and collecting storm water, noise-prevention measures, green belts and facilities to conserve natural habitats.
More than just a road
In addition to the road construction, the project includes the construction of cycle paths and footpaths along the entire length. A number of engineering structures also form part of the plan such as passageways for pedestrian/cycle paths on the road bridges over the Wrocław–Poznań and Jelcz Miłoszyce–Wrocław Osobowice railway lines, and the road bridges over Obornicka st. roundabout and over Żmigrodzka st.
Along with the road carriageways, other utility facilities need to be constructed or reconstructed such as railway signalling equipment, electricity, gas and water networks, sewerage and storm-water drains, district-heating networks, telecommunications networks and environmental protection facilities.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Construction of Northern Urban Ring Road in Wrocław – Phase I” is EUR 75 550 899, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 51 724 277 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority “TEN-T road and air transport network” of the Operational Programme “Regional Development”.