Expressway S8 (Poland)

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Expressway S8
Droga ekspresowa S8
Route information
Part of E67
Length: 431.4 km (268.1 mi)
564.9 km (351 mi) total planned length
107.9 km (67 mi) currently under construction
Major junctions
From: A4-PL.svg A4 near Wrocław
 

S11-PL.svg S11 near Kępno (planned)
S14-PL.svg S14 near Pabianice
A1-PL.svg A1 near Łódź
A2-PL.svg A2 and S7-PL.svg S7 near Warsaw (planned)

S61-PL.svg S61 near Ostrów Mazowiecka (planned)
To: Białystok
Location
Major cities: Wrocław, Łódź, Warsaw, Białystok
Highway system
National roads in Poland
Express road S8 between Radzymin and Wyszków

Expressway S8 or express road S8 (in Polish droga ekspresowa S8) is major road in Poland which, when completed, will run along the route WrocławŁódźWarsawBiałystok. The whole road is planned to be about 565 km (351 mi) long. Originally, the road was to continue on to the border with Lithuania, but in 2009, the plans were changed and currently the S61 will branch off S8 and go to the border.[1] The S8 section from Warsaw to S61 has been planned to become part of Via Baltica.

The upgrade is part of a European plan to fund express roads in Poland[2].

History of construction[edit]

In December 2017, 530.0 km (329 mi) of the expressway was completed. This means that the S8 runs almost continuously from Kobierzyce to Białystok (including a stretch marked as A8) There are some gaps in S8 between Białystok and Warsaw, but these stretches should be upgraded in next couple of years.

S8 in Warsaw[edit]

S8 route in Warsaw
Express road S8 in Choroszcz

S8 is going to run through Warsaw and be part of its network of bypass roads. As of 2012, two sections were completed in Warsaw. The first runs from Konotopa (junction with A2) o Powązkowska street and is 10.1 km (6.3 mi) long. Construction started in 2008 and was finished in December 2010.[3] The second section runs from Modlińska to Marki and is 7.1 km (4.4 mi) long. Its construction started in 2008 and it was finished in June 2012. In December 2017 this part of the S8 was opened to bypass Marki and connect with the existing S8 at Radzymin

The contract to build the section immediately south of Warsaw was signed in April 2013, with completion planned in 32 months.[4] The contract involves construction of 11,5 km of expressway between interchanges Opacz (S2) and Janki. This part of the expressway opened to traffic in July 2015

The contract to reconstruct the 5 km long section between Powązkowska and Modlińska interchanges, which includes the bridge over the river Vistula, was signed on July 28, 2013, with completion planned for October, 2015.[5]

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