A1 autostrada (Poland)

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Autostrada A1
Route information
E75-PL.svg Part of E75
Length: 398.8 km (247.8 mi)
568 km (353 mi) planned
Major junctions
From: S6-PL.svg S6 near Gdańsk
 

S5-PL.svg S5 near Grudziądz (planned)
S10-PL.svg S10 near Toruń (under construction)
A2-PL.svg A2 near Stryków (under construction)
S8-PL.svg S8 near Tuszyn (planned)
S12-PL.svg S12 near Piotrków Trybunalski (planned)
S1-PL.svg S1 and S11-PL.svg S11 junction near Katowice International Airport in Pyrzowice

A4-PL.svg A4 near Gliwice
To: CZ traffic sign IS16a - D1.svg D1 border with Czech Republic
Location
Major cities: Gdańsk, Toruń, Łódź, Częstochowa, Gliwice
Highway system
National roads in Poland
Voivodeship roads
A1 near Grudziądz, northern (Gdańsk - Grudziądz) section.
2005 photo of partially completed bridge over the Vistula river in Toruń-Czerniewice on the Torun bypass, with only one carriageway finished and pillars for the planned second one. The bridge was opened with dual carriageways in fall of 2011 and became part of A1.
Gliwice-Sosnica A1, A4 and national road 44 junction near Gliwice, the largest motorway junction in Central-Eastern Europe, opened 2009-2010
800 meters bridge in Knurow near Gliwice
400 meters bridge in Mszana near Wodzisław Śląski

The autostrada A1, officially named Amber Highway (pol. Autostrada Bursztynowa) in Poland is a north-south motorway under construction that will run through central Poland, from Gdańsk on the Baltic Sea through Łódź and the Upper Silesian Industry Area (Gliwice) to the Polish-Czech border in Gorzyczki (Wodzisław County) /Věřňovice (Karviná District), where it is connected with the Czech motorway D1. The motorway is a part of the European route E75. The total planned length is 568 km (353 mi).

History of construction[edit]

As of May 2014, about 399 km (248 mi) of the motorway has been completed. The oldest section, a 17.5 km (11 mi) stretch near Łódź, was built between 1978 and 1989. Further construction resumed in 2005 with the building of the northern section (south of Gdańsk). A 25 km (16 mi) section was opened on 22 December 2007, near Gdańsk, extending the S6 bypass expressway, and a remaining 65 km (40 mi) opened on 17 October 2008. The 62 km extension of the motorway to Toruń opened on 14 October 2011.

At the southern end of the motorway, construction of a 15.5 km (9.6 mi) section from Gliwice-Sośnica to Bełk, part of the southernmost section from the junction with the A4 motorway at Sośnica district of Gliwice to the Czech border, began on 26 March 2007 and was completed in December 2009. As of late 2009, the remainder of the 48 km (30 mi) long section from A4 to the border is under construction, and should open in stages in 2010-2012. Construction of the 43 km (27 mi) section from Gliwice-Sośnica north to Pyrzowice began in 2009 and is scheduled for completion in 2012.

On 15 December 2009 the Polish government announced the cancelling of the contract for building the Świerklany - Gorzyczki (Czech border) section, citing the unacceptably slow pace of construction by Alpine Bau GmbH.[1] The government solicited new bids for this section in April 2010[1] and the bid was won by the same company that lost the original contract, and construction resumed in October 2010.[2] The original plan was for the road to be ready in the Summer of 2010,[1] and according to the new contract it was be ready in April 2012, in time for Euro 2012 championships. Alpine Bau GmbH abandoned their second effort to finish this section in May 2013 .[3]

On 22 January 2009 a contract was signed for the construction of the 180 km (110 mi) section from Stryków (junction with motorway A2) to Pyrzowice.[4] Under the terms of the contract, the segment from Stryków to Częstochowa (123 km (76 mi)) was to be finished by May 2012, while the remaining segment from Częstochowa to Pyrzowice (57 km (35 mi)) was to be finished by January 2014 (60 months after the signing of the contract). The motorway was to be built within a Private-Public Partnership framework by company Autostrada Południe. The contract included the rebuilding of an already existing stretch of A1 motorway (opened in 1989) as well as the upgrade of the existing dual-carriageway road between Piotrków Trybunalski and Częstochowa. On 23 January 2010 the contract was cancelled as the company was not able to secure financing.[5] It carried out the design project of the motorway however, which according to the Polish government was to make it possible for construction to begin in 2010 by new contractors, and be finished by 2012. However, the design project turned out to be full of flaws and will have to be redone from scratch.[6] The current estimate for the completion of this section is 2015, though it is possible that some sections will be finished earlier.[6]

The construction of the A1 motorway has been a highly politicized issue in Poland, as it is perceived to be an economically vital road that would connect the country's major ports on the Baltic coast with both central and southern Poland. Since 1989 various governments and political parties have supported an accelerated construction schedule for this motorway, without results. After many delays, caused mainly by lack of funding, construction resumed in 2005. When Jarosław Kaczyński was prime minister, statements from government officials indicated a firm commitment for accelerating the construction schedule, with completion of the whole motorway achieved in 2010. That plan was too optimistic, but according to then current plans much of the motorway would be opened by 2012, with full completion then expected around 2015.[6]

Sections of the motorway[edit]

Motorway section Length Constructed Note
Gdańsk - Grudziądz 90 km 2005–2008 opened December 2008; toll motorway
Grudziądz - Toruń 62 km 2008–2011 opened Oct. 14, 2011; toll motorway
Toruń - Pikutkowo ( Włocławek West ) 45 km 2010–2013 construction interrupted in September, 2012 as companies involved have been ejected from the contract,.[7][8] (the ejected companies have sued the Polish authorities). New contractors have been selected in April, 2013 and the road opened to traffic on December 20, 2013. [9][10]
Pikutkowo ( Włocławek West ) - Kowal 19 km 2010–2014 construction interrupted in September, 2012 as companies involved have been ejected from the contract,.[11][8] (the ejected companies have sued the Polish authorities). New contractors were selected in April, 2013 and the road fully opened to traffic at the end of April 2014. [12]
Kowal - Stryków/Łódź 75 km 2010–2012 opened November 13, 2012
Stryków/Łódź - Tuszyn 37.3 km 2012–2015 Design-build contract signed in December 2010, completion originally planned in 32 months,[13] then delayed to June, 2014[14] then later plans had it completed in Summer of 2015 [15] However, the contractor abandoned the contract in January, 2014, so this stretch will be delayed further, as new contractor will have to be selected. [16]
Tuszyn - Piotrków Trybunalski 17 km 1978–1989 built, to be upgraded
Piotrków Trybunalski - Częstochowa 82 km ? planned upgrade of existing dual-carriageway road, which was built in the 1970s with some motorway features.
Częstochowa - Pyrzowice 56,9 km 2014-2017 in preparation [17]
Pyrzowice - "Zabrze Północ” (Wieszowa) 31 km 2009–2012 opened 1 June 2012[18]
"Zabrze Północ” (Wieszowa) - Maciejów 8,1 km 2009–2011 opened December 2011[19]
Maciejów - Sośnica/Gliwice 6 km 2009–2011 opened September 2011[20]
Sośnica/Gliwice - Bełk 15,5 km 2007–2009 opened December 2009
Bełk - Świerklany 14,1 km 2008-2011 Bełk - Rowień opened in December 2010, Rowień - Świerklany opened in April 2011 (delayed because of floods)
Świerklany - Mszana 7,3 km 2007–2014 construction interrupted in late 2009 due to contract dispute,[1] then resumed[2] in October 2010. Was to open in July 2012,[21] but a problem with one of the bridges then moved the planned opening until August, 2013.[22] In May, 2013 the contractor abandoned the project, citing disagreement with Polish government agencies. [23] A new contractor to finish the bridge was selected in June 2013, and the road fully opened to traffic at the May 23, 2014.
Mszana - Gorzyczki (Czech border) 11,1 km 2007–2012 construction interrupted in late 2009 due to contract dispute,[1] then resumed[2] in October 2010. Opened (to light vehicles only) in November 2012, and to all vehicles on May 23, 2014 after completion of adjacent section.[24]

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