On April 27, a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony was held at the construction site of a 20-kilometer stretch of road along the A4 Krakow-Szarow highway.
The General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) signed a contract with a Spanish-Polish consortium consisting of Dragados and Polimex-Mostostal. The estimated construction cost of 1.1 billion zloty will be covered by the Cohesion Fund.
The implementation period is 2 years. The range of construction activities consist of building two junctions between the Szarow and Biezanow highways, a total of 30 bridges, 15 motorway flyovers, six overpasses, five motorway bridges, a crossing for animals and three road bridges. Plans also include two service points for motorists.
The importance of Highway A4 has grown significantly since the announcement that Poland and Ukraine will host the Euro 2012.
The investment is part of the Pan-European Transport Corridor III stretching from the Polish-German border in Zgorzelec to the south of Poland and the Polish-Ukrainian border in Korczowa.This is the first road project implemented by the Polish government east of the Vistula River.
Preparations are also underway for the second stage of the investment — the construction of a road section between Szarow and Tarnow. The road will be approximately 60 kilometers in length and include a bypass for Tarnow. The project has been postponed due to new environmental protection regulations and is awaiting parliamentary approval