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Paving the way to road safety improvement

Mountain highway in sunset
July 28, 2021 | News

Sweco is co-creating solutions to improve road safety together with our clients. In Poland, the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways is working with Zakład Budownictwa Inżynieryjnego and Sweco to design and implement ring roads to contribute to better and safer mobility for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

In 2020 the Polish Ministry for Infrastructure announced the 100 Ring Roads Programme, a national strategy with the aim to build 100 ring roads over a ten-year period. The ring roads are being built to bypass urban areas that have the greatest amount of traffic and the highest rates of accidents.

Improving road safety is also a key priority in the European Union, with legislation that includes a target of halving deaths and serious injuries on Europe’s roads by 50 per cent between 2020-2030, and of achieving Vision Zero; death and injury-free European roads by 2050.

Sweco together with Zakład Budownictwa Inżynieryjnego, has signed an agreement with the Polish General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways for supervision over the design and implementation of the Suchowola and Sztabin ring roads, along the Białystok – Augustów Polish National Road 8. National Road 8 is the longest national road in Poland; measuring 804 kilometres in length and running through Poland from the Czech border in Kudowa Zdrój to the border with Lithuania in Budzisko.

The value of the contract is nearly EUR 3 million, and a 44-month maximum term for the implementation of construction works is in place.

“These investments are of great importance to the region and the country, and part of Poland’s 100 ring roads programme. Thanks to the investments, transit traffic will be led outside the cities, significantly improving the quality of life for residents and travellers,” explains Robert Grudzień, project manager and director, Investor Supervision Department, Sweco.

Ring roads for road safety

The Sulechów ring road will be 15.1 kilometres, and the Sztabin ring road will be 4.2 kilometres long. On their route, intersections, roundabouts, bridges, viaducts, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and environmental protection devices including animal crossings, ecological culverts, and anti-glare screens will be constructed.

In addition, as part of the construction of the Sztabin ring road, an 11-span, 700-meter long overpass will be constructed over the Poland’s largest national park; Biebrza National Park.

The ring roads will contribute to the improvement of communication and road safety on the busy section from Białystok to the north, towards Suwałki and the border with Lithuania.

Sweco will be responsible for the management, inspection and supervision over the design development and construction works in cooperation with the Polish General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways.

Anna Elisabeth Olsson

Head of Press and Public Affairs