The section of the Via Carpatia route – from Lasy Janowskie in the Lublin voivodeship to Zdiar in the Podkarpacie region – has been put into operation. The 9.5-kilometer section of the S19 expressway, which is part of the Via Carpatia route in our country, cost over PLN 236.3 million.
The official opening of the road in the vicinity of the Tourist Service Area (MOP) Buków was attended by, among others: Minister of Education and Science Przemysław Czarnek, Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk, his deputy Rafał Weber, Deputy Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak and representatives of local government authorities and government departments from Lublin and Subcarpathia.
S19 section and Via Carpatia Lasy Janowskie – Zdziary put into operation
Adamczyk emphasized that both voivodeships connected by the S19 section are among the most excluded in terms of communication in the country. – Every Pole has the right to use safe, predictable, comfortable motorways and expressways – he said.
Adamczyk announced that the entire Via Carpatia should be ready at the turn of 2025 and 2026. According to the minister, this route will be “a generator of development for regions through which it will run”. As he said, the previous government of the PO-PSL did not want to build the Via Carpatia route.
As Adamczyk pointed out, the PiS government also co-finances municipal and district roads. According to the minister, every year the government allocates over PLN 3 billion for this type of investment. – This allows us to build a modern road network – he added.
The minister reiterated that Via Carpatia is “the path-backbone of the Three Seas Europe and the path of life in Eastern Poland”.
Przemysław Czarnek, the minister of education and science, pointed out that the episode was financed mostly with EU funds. – The Union to which we belong, we belonged and we will belong. And just as there will be no polexit imagined by some people, there will be no collapsing of national roads and expressways that are built with EU funds – said Czarnek.
In his opinion, Poland makes good use of European funds. He also declared that funds for investments in road infrastructure will not be reduced.
S19 expressway section available to drivers
Deputy Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak said that the episode commissioned on Monday was co-financed by the EU’s Infrastructure and Environment program. The budget of the entire investment is PLN 916 million, including PLN 460 million from EU funds. According to the minister, such investments give residents a sense of security. – Because we move traffic out of the city, we care for the environment, clean air, but we also develop the region, because wherever you can get business, business develops – said Jarosińska-Jedynak.
On the other hand, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Rafał Weber argued that Via Carpatia is to improve communication in this part of Poland. – Thanks to it, the economy of these areas will develop. Without this path, we cannot talk about increasing the potential of these regions, he added.
Ewa Leniart, the voivode of Podkarpacie, emphasized that the episode was handed over to be a historic moment. – A moment that can be compared to the connection of our voivodeship with the Małopolskie voivodeship via the A4 motorway. Today we are opening up to the Lublin region, it is a new opening – she emphasized.
In turn, the Lublin voivode, Lech Sprawka, pointed out that Via Carpatia means opening to the A4 motorway for the Lublin region.
The section, which was made available to drivers on Monday, is approx. 9.5 km long. In addition to the route itself, the contractor has built, among others two bridges, ten viaducts, a footbridge, fifteen culverts, one pair of MOP and the Zdziary junction that connects the S19 with the DK19. The contractor for the investment worth over PLN 236.3 million was a consortium of Strabag (leader) and Strabag Infrastruktura Południe (partner).
The S19 expressway is part of the international Via Carpatia route, connecting the northern and southern parts of Europe. In Poland, this route will be over 700 km long and will run through the Podlaskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Mazowieckie, Lubelskie and Podkarpackie voivodships. In Podkarpacie, it will be approximately 169 km long.
According to GDDKiA on Monday, along with the section from Lasów Janowskie to Zdziary, drivers in Poland have around 93 km of this route at their disposal, and over 310 km are under construction.
Main photo source: PAP / Wojtek Jargiło