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[1/30/2020] Poland: inaugurating the Szczecinek bypass

On November 7, 2019, a ceremony was held to inaugurate the Szczecinek bypass (in Western Pomerania) with Andrzej Adamczyk, Poland’s minister of infrastructure, members of parliament, and representatives from the Voivodeship, the city, and the district in attendance. This busy 12-kilometre section is a dual 2-lane carriageway located on the route of the S11 motorway.

The project, for which the contract was signed in late 2015, was carried out as a design-build mandate by a consortium consisting of Eurovia Polska (lead contractor) and Warbud.
The project included building 13 bridges, 2 crossroads, 18 service lanes, and 2 wildlife passages (including passages for amphibians), rebuilding overhead utility networks, installing drainage systems and water- and gas-supply networks. Given the expanse of wetlands in the area, the consortium had to use reinforcements, namely, install concrete piles.
The residents of this area in northwest Poland now benefit from an infrastructure that improves the flow of traffic throughout the region. Thanks to this new bypass, transit traffic is redirected around rather than through this city with a population of more than 40,000.
This project was also an opportunity to celebrate the 4,000th motorway kilometre built in Poland.

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