2.1 Improvement and development of transport services and infrastructure
The Podlaskie Voivodship Roads Authority in Białystok (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland)
The Municipal Unitary Enterprise Design, Repair & Construction “Grodnoobldorstroj” (Hrodna Oblast, Belarus)
The road No.H-6054 has a crucial meaning in terms of communication between Belarus and Poland. The route ensures access to the popular Augustów Canal park area in Poland, thoroughly renovated in recent years. The major part of the road was already restored thanks to support from the CBC Programme PL-BY-UA 2007–2013, but still one of the sections needs immediate works.
The partners of the DOPC project decided to challenge the insufficient accessibility of Hrodna Oblast and reconstruct the 5.8 km long section of the local road No.H-6054 connecting towns Racičy and Sapockin, towards the Augustów Canal. The construction works will include the bicycle path, lighting, seven culverts, four bus stops and parking space along the route. Moreover, due to spent equipment, the Belarusian partner will purchase new road maintenance machines (tractor with mower, machine for shoulder profiling, dump truck and snowplough). The project includes common promotion activities as well.
The exchange of experience between Polish and Belarusian partners will bring long-term socio-economic benefits on both sides of the border. Designed road, together with previously renovated sections, will create one of the main communication corridors of the visa-free entry between Poland and Belarus, improving the transport capacity as well as people and goods movement across the border. Furthermore, the overall safety and comfort of drivers will increase, because of the separation of the pedestrian and bicycle traffic from the vehicle traffic, reduction the noise and pollution, what will improve the living conditions of residents. Travel and transportation time on this part of the road will be shortened by 8%. The valuable tourist destination Augustów Canal will now be more easily accessible to visitors from Poland and Belarus.
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