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Long-term road constructions set the tone of Warsaw’s city landscape.

The infrastructure of Poland is lagging behind on that of Europe. Since the economy of Poland is growing, the infrastructure is improving aswell. The aim for 2013 was to have featured a modern road network. But the infrastructure still requires a lot of attention. Many facilities are out-dated and constructions seem to be infinite.

All over Poland roads are being reconstructed, also in Warsaw it’s almost impossible to ignore these reconstructions. In fact, you cannot avoid it. There are many long-term projects that set the tone of the city landscape.

After the fall of the communism the economy of Poland grew significantly. Between 1990 and 2001 the number of cars on the Polish roads increased with 84,6%. This while the length of roads increased with 15,5%. The infrastructure was not prepared for this amount of traffic. The overload made the roads dangerous and traveling became sometimes even adventurous. When Poland joined the European Union in 2004 the quality of their infrastructure was ten times lower then the average of Europe. The government made large investments to renovate the road. Since Poland is catching up economically, the country is becoming an interesting partner for other European country’s.

The amount of road-works that are to be found in Warsaw are signs of growth and change. They symbolize the fertility of the country; it’s the road to a modern infrastructure.

Joppe Put, The Hague, April 2014

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