Poland to spend EUR 6.55 bln on 100 ring roads
The value of all investments carried out under Poland's 100 Ring Roads Programme 2020-2030 is estimated at PLN 28 bln (EUR 6.55 bln), Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk said at a press conference on Saturday.
Adamczyk said the large-scale road scheme still has to be officially approved by the cabinet. "I'd like it to happen as soon as possible but I think the realistic date for the programme's endorsement is August," he said.
Preliminary layouts of 43 ring roads have already been drafted and the first tenders will be announced by the end of the year, he added.
The programme will focus on towns and cities with heavy transit traffic as well as those where road safety is at risk, Adamczyk's deputy, Rafal Weber, said at the conference.
Social and economic factors will also be taken into account when choosing which town needs a ring road most because such an investment boosts the regions' economic growth, Weber added.
Poland's current road construction programme for 2014-2023 lists the construction of 43 ring road, 15 of which have been put into service.