August 6, 2018

Construction of the next section of the trans-European Via Carpatia route. A large part of the route will run through Poland

Via Carpatia will be a trans-European transport corridor, which may become a new connection between north and south of Europe, integrating transport systems in Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.

The planned Via Carpatia route will run from Klaipeda and Kaunas in Lithuania via Poland – Białystok, Lublin, Rzeszów and Slovak Košice to Debrecen in Hungary, and further to Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. It will reach the Romanian port of Constanta on the Black Sea and to the Greek salons on the Aegean Sea.

There is a significant section of the Via Carpatia road route across Poland. The Government Program for the Construction of National Roads for 2014-2023 (with an outlook until 2025) indicates the construction of the route as the main investment priority. The total length of this route in Poland will be about 760 km.

On Thursday, a contract was signed for the construction of the next section of the Via Carpatia – this time in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship. The Budimex company will build a section from the Podgórze to the Kamień node. The road will be built within 34 months, and it will cost 333.5 million PLN.

“This tour is the concept of the late President Lech Kaczyński, who wanted to connect all our neighboring countries, south and north, into one communication axis” said Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Marek Chodkiewicz, who signed the contract with the contractor.

The Polish government is trying to enter Via Carpatia into the TEN-T core network, the main EU transport route. According to Bogdan Rzonski, head of the parliamentary infrastructure committee, the construction of the new Via Carpatia route will revolutionize the transport system in Europe.