Over 16 km of new S61 expressway available for drivers

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From August 9th, travellers can use another section of the S61 expressway. The Kolno – Stawiski section is a 16.4 km long expressway in north-eastern Poland. The investment was financed by national and EU funds from the Infrastructure and Environment Programme (OPI&E) 2014-2020.

– Thanks to European and national funds, another much-needed investment was completed.  The EU co-financing exceeded half of the whole project value. This is the best example of how European Union funds have a real impact on improving the quality of life of Poles. The ability to move quickly and safely is a tangible benefit to travellers,” says Waldemar Buda, Deputy Minister of Funds and Regional Policy.


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The section of the road opened to traffic today is one of the two sections implemented under the project “Construction of the S61 expressway, section Łomża west junction – Stawiski junction”, supported by European Funds.


– The S61 is an example of how the EU budget connects Europe. I am very pleased with the opening of another 34 km of the route, so long-awaited by both residents and transit passengers. This road is not only important for Poland. At the European level, it forms part of a network connecting the Baltic States to Poland and further to Western and Southern Europe, and will contribute to the unimpeded flow of goods within the North Sea-Baltic Sea corridor,” said Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform.


The total value of the project is over PLN 1 billion and the EU grant exceeds PLN 588 million.  The implementation of the investment will eliminate bottlenecks and improve capacity and traffic conditions. The opening of a new section of the S61 expressway will improve the interregional transport of persons and goods.


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The closure of the most important motorways and expressways is one of the priorities of the OPI&E. So far, the General Directorate of National Roads and Motorways – the largest beneficiary of the Programme – has made 81 km of motorways and 972 km of expressways available for traffic in the framework of OPI&E projects.

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