Express commitment to better road connections

Transforming a national road into an expressway lies at the heart of this infrastructure and environment project. A stretch of 17.8 km has been rebuilt, making travel times faster and access easier for the 20 500 passenger cars and others expected to use the road every day.

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The road runs between Grójec and Bialobrzegi and now includes an additional lane along the western part. The project works also included junctions, access roads, viaducts, road bridges and foot-bridges, the combination of which has enhanced the local network significantly.

Putting the jigsaw together

Apart from the main road, other key features now make up the roadway puzzle, for example protection of the existing underground network (electricity, water pipes and sewerage networks), noise reduction walls (40 180 m2), drainage systems and new signage. Three interchanges (Skurów, Józefów, Broniszew), three viaducts (Zaborów, Zaborów II, Stanislawów) and three bridges (over the Kraska River, the Widówka stream, and reclaimed land) were also built, as well as access roads for reaching individual plots, arable land and orchards. Together, they ensure that whatever the mode of transport, journeys are smoother and faster.

Safe and clean journeys

Road safety and traffic management equipment has been set up under the project (including new signage and lighting at interchanges), together with the construction of new culverts, 32 evaporation and retention-evaporation tanks as well as purification plants. Nearby Natura 2000 sites were expressly taken into account during the project planning stages to ensure that they would not be significantly harmed.

2010 was the first full year of operation. In terms of the road users who are benefiting, the figures on daily journeys speak for themselves: 20 500 private cars; 2 330 delivery vehicles; 3 515 lorries with trailers; and 195 buses. They benefit primarily from major time savings, increased safety and the elimination of bottlenecks. In terms of employment, the project created some 350 direct jobs during the implementation phase and 20 during the operational phase.

Maintenance down the track

The project beneficiary, the Directorate-General for National Roads and Motorways, will be responsible for all operating costs in the future (repairs, maintenance and management). For example, winter and ongoing road maintenance operations will be carried out in accordance with official guidelines for winter road maintenance as well as guidelines for ongoing road maintenance. This will help ensure that investments today continue to bring benefits tomorrow.

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