Warsaw ring road gains essential new section

A programme to close the ring of expressways around Warsaw is nearing completion, thanks to the construction of a new six-lane stretch of road. The 10 km-long road forms part of Poland’s S8 expressway, itself a key part of the Trans European Transport Network TEN-T linking the city of Wrocław with the Lithuanian border.

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The new road will run from the S8’s Konotopa interchange to the Powązkowska interchange, which is part of Warsaw’s future northern expressway ring road. It is expected to cut traffic jams around the city and increase local road safety.

Extensive new infrastructure

Part-funded by the EU, the section between the Konotopa interchange and the Powązkowska interchange will be almost 10.4 km. It will run through the land of the Stare Babice and Ożarów Mazowiecki municipalities and within the administrative boundaries of Warsaw Capital Region. The project goal is to improve traffic flow and safety, as well as the capacity and quality of the TEN-T road corridor for transit and domestic traffic.

The new road – together with the S8 section Powązkowska-Marki now under reconstruction – will link with the A2 motorway west of Warsaw. This will create a bypass for the city’s west-north/east transit traffic.

Work is divided into two sections. The first covers construction of some 6.3 km of six-lane road and two interchanges, plus a range of associated road infrastructure such as lighting, drainage, signs and environmental protection facilities. The second section involves construction of around four km of six-lane road and one interchange, five access roads and associated road infrastructure.

Greater road capacity

Once completed, the new non-toll public road will include a total of 25 civil-engineering structures. Among them are 20 viaducts over and along the S8 expressway or nearby rail tracks, plus overpasses and underpasses to enable pedestrians and cyclists to cross over or under the expressway.

The new road will have a top speed of 80 km/hour and is expected to cut travel times for local and transit vehicles and make journeys more comfortable. As a result, experts estimate there will transport time savings of around €54.6 m a year for passengers and €13.85 for freight.

Further expected benefits include an increase in the capacity of the city’s road network, a reduction in the number of road accidents, and a cleaner environment thanks to a reduction in toxic vehicle exhausts. The extra road capacity will be also be welcomed by the thousands of tourists expected to come to Poland in the summer of 2012 for the UEFA European Football Championship.

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