The Ministry of Infrastructure published a list of road investments that could not be completed by the end of 2022. It concerns over 1,755 kilometers of national roads and motorways. The sections have been included in the new Government Program for the Construction of National Roads until 2030, and as Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Rafał Weber assured, “they will be implemented”.
Interpellation to the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the Government Program for the Construction of National Roads until 2030 was directed by Michał Jaros in the Civic Coalition. The government adopted the National Road Construction Program until 2030 (with a perspective until 2033) in mid-December last year. The cost of the program was estimated at PLN 294 billion.
As Jaros pointed out, at the conference the head of the government “announced the Government Program for the Construction of National Roads until 2030 (with a perspective until 2033), which would be a response to the poor condition of Polish roads”. “It should be noted that only 178 km of motorways were built in 2015-2021. The program announced by the Prime Minister raises many doubts, especially since the level of implementation of the program for 2014-2023 is extremely unsatisfactory” – assessed Jaros.
The MP asked, inter alia, to what extent the National Road Construction Program for 2014-2023 has been implemented. The answer to the question was given by Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Rafał Weber.
New roads by 2030
The deputy head of the MI informed that “the National Road Construction program for the years 2014-2023 (with a perspective until 2025) assumed the construction of a total of 3,768 km of new national roads by the end of 2025, and this number cannot be treated as final, because for of several investments, the exact course was not specified at that time. “In addition, this figure also includes the length of investments added to the Program as part of its individual amendments” – pointed out Weber.
According to the information provided by the Deputy Minister, as at the end of 2022, 2,017.3 km of national roads were completed or commissioned under the above Program. “There were 1,211.6 km of national roads under construction and 132.8 km of national roads under tender” – informed the deputy head of the MI.
“The remaining sections were under preparation. The list of investments not completed by the end of 2022 is attached as Appendix 1 to the interpellation. All unfinished investments have been included in the new road program as connector 2 and will be implemented” – assured Rafał Weber.
Which episodes are on the list?
The list includes sections of the A1 motorway, the Bełchatów junction (without the junction) – the Kamieńsk junction (with the junction) with a length of 24.2 km, as well as sections of the A2 motorway with a total length of over 100 km. On the other hand, national road No. 18 is to be adapted to motorway parameters on all sections. Due to the concrete slabs and the poor condition of the surface, the southern part of the national road No. 18 (on the section Olszyna – Golnice) is sometimes called by drivers “the longest stairs in Europe”.
The construction of the last sections – with a total length of 64.4 km – of the S3 expressway, which runs in the west of the country, is to be completed.
In addition, the road revolution in the north of the country will continue. The list also includes sections of the S6 expressway, e.g. the Koszalin and Sianów bypass (7.9 km), the end of the Koszalin and Sianów bypass – the Sławno bypass (23.2 km), or the Sławno bypass – the beginning of the Słupsk bypass (22.9 km).
The list provided by the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure also includes, among others: sections of the Via Carpatia route along the S19 expressway.
The list includes sections of national roads, expressways and motorways with a total length of 1755.06 km.
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