A deal for a €138 million road building scheme to create the S5 expressway in Poland has been agreed.
Being carried out by a consortium consisting of Heilit + Woerner - a subsidiary of Austrian firm Strabag, and Budimex, the project between Wroclaw and Poznan is expected to begin within the next four weeks.
It is scheduled to take around 30 months to complete, with the new section set to be operational by 2017.
The entire new route of the S5 North of Wrocław from Korzeńsko to Widawa measures 48 km, with the contract involving the planning and construction of the first 15km section from Korzeńsko. It also includes the construction of two interchanges, as well as further access roads.
Once completed, the journey time from Poznan to Wroclaw will be reduced by 30 minutes.
Under the project, the consortium will build 14 bridge structures, technical infrastructure facilities such as rain channels, gas lines and illumination, plus road passages and two rest stations.
At the same time, it will also be necessary to upgrade the existing drainage network and ditches. The greenery will be partially removed, adapted or protected and re-planned at the end of the construction phase.