2.1 Improvement and development of transport services and infrastructure
The Road Maintenance Company in Brest (Brest Oblast, Belarus)
City of Biała Podlaska (Lubelskie Voivodeship, Poland)
The use of car transport is developing constantly, also in border areas, where the traffic of people and goods is more intensive. However, current roads capacities on both sides of the border are not adapted to this trend, what leads to a higher number of car accidents and environmental degradation. Brest and Biała Podlaska faced similar problems for travellers going through Terespol–Brest or Kazlovičy–Kukuryki border crossing points.
The OurBetterStreet project enhanced transport infrastructure and accessibility in these cities via reconstruction of the 11.3 km road in Brest and 1,155 km in Biała Podlaska. In Brest City, seven crossroads on Warsaw–Moscow route were rebuilt. Moreover, the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) was installed reducing travel time by fine-tuning the operation mode of traffic. Reconstruction included the purchase of equipment, construction, installation and commissioning. Another two crossroads within motorway No.2 were renovated in Biała Podlaska. Eight additional traffic lines and two roundabouts were built, the road structure with drainage system were refreshed, new pavements constructed, road lighting and signs installed. The partners also conducted the public campaign raising the awareness on friendly transport, safe and responsible road behaviour providing master classes of “First aid” and “Safety and Cycling”. Joint publications of the articles, brochures and website news presented the benefits of the project to the residents and visitors on both sides of the border.
The OurBetterStreet project leads to the reduction of the accidents rate and travel time on routes in Brest and Biała Podlaska. Increased capacity of the road network improves transit and become more gentle to the environment. Finally, the roads reconstruction in a longer perspective will boost the investment potential of both addressed locations.
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