European Union invests EUR 320 million in Poland's road infrastructure

Over EUR 255 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is invested in the construction of a highway section between the cities of Nowe Marzy, Świecie and Bydgoszcz, in Centre-North Poland, along the S5 expressway, the European Commission wrote on Thursday.

A further EUR 64.6 million from the Cohesion Fund will go for the construction of an expressway section between the Zakręt and Lubelska junctions of the S17 express road from Warsaw to Garwolin.

"When completed, these motorways will bring new economic opportunities for people and businesses in Poland, with a boost to industry, tourism and trade. With the new expressways in place, Polish citizens will also enjoy shorter travel times and better road safety," Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu commented.

Works under both projects should be completed in 2020; they are part of bigger investments on both roads: on the S5 expressway, an important part of Europe’s core TEN-T road network, the EU has already invested EUR 741.6 million in the current period 2014-2020, while works on the S17 expressway are part of an overall investment of EUR 484 million, reads an EC press release.