The quality of roads in Poland is not improving
GDDKiA reports describe the condition of roads on a three-point scale – good, unsatisfactory and bad. As it turns out, for the last 8 years we have made virtually no progress, despite the fact that there have been a significant number of expressways in Poland. In 2003, we had only 226 km of expressways and 405 km of highways, last year the Polish road map already includes 2557 km of expressways and 1712 km of highways, and more are still under construction. But what if the roads in poor technical condition are practically not getting smaller. In fact, the situation in 2020 is worse than in 2013, because as many as 13.3% of national roads are in poor technical condition, while in 2013 it was only 12%.
- 2013 r.: 12%
- 2014 r.: 12,6%
- 2015 r.: 13,5%
- 2016 r.: 16,1%
- 2017 r.: 13,9%
- 2018 r.: 14,2%
- 2019 r.: 12,7%
- 2020 r.: 13,3%
It turns out, however, that the differences in the quality of roads between individual voivodships are much greater than might be expected. There are places in Poland where no one should complain about national roads, we can mainly include Podlasie and Western Pomerania, where we have the highest percentage of roads in good condition and the smallest in poor condition. It is also quite good in the Świętokrzyskie, Pomorskie and Łódzkie provinces. On the other hand, the worst situation is in Małopolska, where only 42.5% of roads are in good condition, and in the Lubuskie Voivodeship, where as much as 27.9% of roads are in poor condition. Detailed data can be found in the table below.
My personal experience shows that the road network in Poland has improved significantly in the last 10 years. A decade ago, the journey from Gdańsk to Podkarpacie took about 10 hours, today you can cover this route in less than 7 hours. This is largely due to the expansion of the motorway network, although improvement can also be noted on national roads. However, as you can see from the table above, this progress has not been made everywhere, and we still have a lot to catch up on. The more so as the report concerns only national roads, the state of voivodeships and poviats is not included in this list, and I am afraid that it would only worsen the statistics. Feel free to share your observations in the comments.
Source: AntyWeb by antyweb.pl.
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