Ring road eases traffic pressure on major national route

The construction of a ring road around the town of Zambrów and the nearby village of Wiśniewo in eastern Poland looks set to benefit local motorists and international travellers alike. The scheme also removes heavy traffic from residential areas.

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The new ring road has been designed to motorway standards and is able to cope with maximum speeds of 100 km/h and axle weights of 115 kilonewton (kN) per axle. The project forms part of an overall programme of works which sees a section of national road No. 8 – running from Wyszków to Bialystok – transformed into a motorway.

Improving access

The ring road ensures that motorists and freight hauliers enjoy improved access to the area’s major urban centres. It diverts traffic from existing national and provincial routes, thereby easing congestion. Those travelling to and from the nearby city of Bialystok are among the beneficiaries of a scheme which also promises to improve links with national and international transport networks.

In fact, this route forms part of the EU’s trans-European transport network, the so-called TEN-T programme, which links Budzisko on the border with Lithuania to Warsaw, Poland’s capital city. The TEN-T programme delivers major investment to Europe’s transport infrastructure to ensure that people and goods can move more efficiently in and between EU Member States.

Major works

In addition to 11 km of new motorway, the project provides for the construction of 4 km of road on national route No. 63, which connects with the ring road. Work also covers the building of two junctions and 15 engineering structures, including bridges, animal crossings and culverts. Infrastructure such as waterworks, sewage systems, and a gas pipeline are upgraded as part of the scheme, as are various drainage, electricity and telecommunication facilities.

Different structures designed to reduce the road’s environmental impact have been built into the project package, including storm drainage facilities, noise barriers, vegetation for screening and fences for water tanks. The new road is also furnished with road traffic safety equipment. As part of the construction process, some buildings have to be demolished along the route.

The scheme is expected to create 405 jobs during the implementation phase.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of the Zambrów-Wiśniewo ring road on the S8 national road” is EUR 107 032 962, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 74 432 645 through the "Road and air TEN-T network" priority of the “Infrastructure and Environment” Operational Programme for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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