Improving a crucial north-south stretch of Poland's national road network

Works on revamping two important highways in Poland are taking place thanks to EU regional support.  The roads, which are part of the Trans-European Transport Corridor VI, form the Śląskie region's north-south transport corridor and are vital for accessing the region's metropolitan area.

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Once completed, the new 6.4 km dual carriageway aims at easing traffic congestion, reducing travel times, and improving road safety. In addition, the project promises to increase access to areas earmarked for investment, thus boosting economic activity in the region. Crucially, the works reduce the current road's adverse effect on the environment.

A significant upgrade

Specifically, the works involve replacing and upgrading the existing road's surface, correcting the position of junctions, erecting traffic safety installations and new lighting systems, building safety crossings for pedestrians and constructing acoustic barriers. In addition, 7 km of slip roads are foreseen along with approximately 0.55 km of service road, as well as two bus parking bays complete with bus stops.

The value for time savings, which in transport economics can be defined as the amount of money that a traveller would be willing to pay in order to save time, is estimated at approximately EUR 10.3 million a year for passengers and EUR 3.1 million for commercial vehicles. 60 direct jobs are expected to be created during the project implementation.

Safety is paramount

The upgraded public toll-free road is fully compliant with the European Directive on Road Infrastructure Safety Management (2008/96/EC). In addition, a road safety audit is scheduled to take place at the start of the project, with additional road safety inspections being carried out at regular intervals throughout its lifetime.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project  “Restructuring of National roads Nos 1 and 86 Gdansk Cieszyn lying within the boundaries of the city of Tychy” is EUR 52 757 960, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 43 264 875 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority “Road and air TEN-T network” of the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment”.

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