The General Directorate for National Roads and Highways (GDDKiA) pointed out that the coronavirus pandemic has not stopped current state road investments. Infrastructure investments are being treated by many countries, including Poland, as a positive economic boost that can help overcome the crisis.
“Last year, we completed more work than planned, which led to a higher level of financing from the GDDKiA. In the interest of the stability of the infrastructure market in Poland, in each month of 2020, we reinforced the construction industry with higher sums than in 2019. Owing to this, the whole industry received EUR 1.01 billion more in 2020 than in the year prior,” the GDDKiA stated.
There are currently 4,300 kilometers of freeways in Poland, including 1,700 kilometers of highways and 2,600 kilometers of expressways. Some 106 sections of roads, totaling over 1,365 kilometers, are currently in construction, as are three bypasses of 20 kilometers in length. Another 31 sections of new road, a combined length of almost 391 kilometers, are in tender.
Since the beginning of 2021, the GDDKiA has reinforced the construction industry with more than EUR 290 million. This is EUR 12.5 million more than in the same period in 2020 and almost EUR 39.5 million more than in 2019.
The GDDKiA has also presented ambitious plans for the current year. In 2021, the GDDKiA wants to spend around EUR 4.24 billion on investments. Currently planned for this year is the announcement of tenders for 26 new sections of a length of 313 kilometers.
As part of the construction program of 100 bypasses, an announcement of tenders for six sections, a combined length of 34 kilometers, is upcoming as well. The GDDKiA is additionally planning an announcement of 96 tenders for construction on an existing network of roads of a length of 255 kilometers, worth EUR 400 million.
Title image: In 2021, the GDDKiA wants to spend around EUR 4.24 billion on investments. Source: GDDKiA.