Polish roadbuilding boom

By Joe Malone08 March 2016

Up till 2020 most fast roads in Poland will be built in Mazovia and Pomerania, according to research company PMR, whose latest report is called Construction Sector in Poland 2016 – Regional Focus: Market Analysis & Development Forecasts for 2016 to 2021.

The road construction market is expected to grow at a double-digit percentage rate in 2016, driven by a number of road projects contracted by the GDDKiA (The General Directorate for National Roads & Motorways) in 2014 and 2015.

In the coming years, the biggest build-up of road projects is expected in Mazowieckie, and these projects will mostly involve the expansion of the road network surrounding Warsaw, where roads such as the A2, S2, S7, S8 and S17 will meet. As of March 2016, the GDDKiA has contracted companies to build approximately 190km of fast roads, but in most cases, construction is yet to start on these projects.

Dolnoslaskie is ranked second in terms of the current length of contracted expressways and motorways, at 165km, which largely covers the S3 expressway, at some 117km of its total, and the S5 48km.

In terms of tendering activity, the most active regions in Poland are Pomorskie, Mazowieckie and Zachodniopomorskie. These three regions account for over 50% of the total length of road projects currently at tender stage.

PMR said that the analysis proved that lesser-developed regions also had substantial investment needs. In the long term, road construction in Poland’s eastern regions has a very strong outlook. However, not all of the projected roads are likely to obtain full funding under the EU’s current financial perspective, and the completion of the network is not expected for some while, said PMR

At this point, the Lublin-Rzeszow section of the S19 expressway is a project in eastern Poland with the best prospects to succeed, it said – the design and build tender was announced in 2015.

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