Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki emphasized that “the largest road construction program in the history of Poland” for over PLN 290 billion “creates a coherent infrastructure whole”. During the opening of the section of the S61 road via Baltica in Piątnica Poduchowna in Podlasie, he added that each kilometer of the new road is additional opportunities for attracting entrepreneurs and developing opportunities for a given region.
As he said, each such path is a “developmental backbone, additional opportunities in poviats and voivodships”. He also stated that “many missing sections, ring roads and exits, creating excellent development prospects” will be built.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the largest road construction program
The prime minister added that “we are very grateful” to the EU for financial aid, but the road construction program is based on over 80%. for domestic funds provided by the public finance system of the Polish state.
– Through the entire road construction program, we create prospects for Polish entrepreneurs, because they take part in tenders and they more and more often win tenders. They learn to build more and more complex, advanced engineering structures – said the Prime Minister.
He added that the current government does not forget about poviat and commune roads, for which more and more funds are allocated. As he said, the PO and PSL governments spent around PLN 5.5 billion on poviat and commune roads. – We allocated about PLN 6 billion in just one year of 2019 – emphasized the head of the government.
As verified by Konkret24 GUS statements show that in 2006 – the first full year of the first PiS rule – the length of public roads (all: highways, expressways, national, voivodeship, poviat and communal roads) was 382,614.9 km. In 2019 – the last data provided by the Central Statistical Office (GUS) – there were 424,914.8 km of such roads in Poland. So there was an increase by 11 percent.
During the eight-year rule of the PO-PS coalition (2008-2015), the length of all public roads in Poland increased by 9.47 percent – from 383,313.2 km in 2008 to 419,636.4 km in 2015, when the PO lost power after the autumn elections.
Polish road construction program
– Today we are showing a great infrastructure program that will make Poland one of the best connected countries in Europe – Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday. He added that the infrastructure program is crucial for him.
– Not only because we are improving Poland’s infrastructural development, but also because the fragmented Poland will be merged; that Poland, which needs unity so badly, also from the social and economic point of view, will have an integrating level, namely roads and the communication system. This will make Poland develop (…) very quickly, that we will catch up with the richest at a pace that has not been achieved so far – said the Prime Minister.
He added that investments in infrastructure are important not only for large cities.
– I am also glad that it is not only large cities that are connected here, but also medium-sized cities, which the Third Republic of Poland forgot at the beginning. Today we show that attracting new investors, domestic and foreign, will also be a reality there, it will be an everyday day. And with them there will be new jobs, said the Prime Minister.
Infrastructure Minister on investing in safe roads
We want to express our readiness to build not only new roads, but also to extend those whose possibilities have already run out – said Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk on Monday in Piątnica Poduchowna. We invest in safe roads – he added.
Adamczyk recalled that in 2015, before the takeover of power by the United Right, “a national road construction program worth PLN 200 billion was adopted, with financing in the amount of PLN 107 billion”.
According to the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure, the PiS government found funding and redesigned the program. – As a result, it became possible to implement such investments as the A1 Łódź-Tuszyn motorway. Thanks to this, we are implementing Via Carpatia. We are implementing further investments, such as the S3 road – connecting Świnoujście with southern Europe. These projects also include Via Baltica, where we are today – said Adamczyk.
As he added, in 2019 the program accelerated, which allowed for the implementation of the planned investments and an increase in their material scope, e.g. inclusion of the S17 and S12 road construction program in the voivodeship Lublin, as well as the S8 and S5 roads in Lower Silesia and securing financing for the construction of the S6 route in Pomerania and the connection between Bydgoszcz and Toruń.
– It is also an action aimed at local governments – assessed Adamczyk and pointed out that the road investments being implemented will connect with local government roads.
– We invest in safe roads everywhere. We want to express our readiness to build not only new roads, but also to extend those whose possibilities have already run out, said the minister and pointed to the A2 and A4 motorways, where accidents often occur.
Via Baltica – next kilometers open to traffic
On Monday, two sections of the S61 expressway in Podlaskie Voivodeship were put into operation – from the Kolno junction to Stawisk and from Stawiska to Szczuczyn. Almost 35 km of the new expressway is another fragment of the via Baltica international transport corridor (on the Śniadowo – Łomża Południe section) that is handed over to drivers for use this year.
The sections, together with the second carriageway of the Szczuczyn bypass which was completed last year, and a fragment of the Stawiska bypass, form the 44-kilometer section of the S61.
Main photo source: PAP / Artur Reszko