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Providing availability to the touristically and economically valuable areas – improvement of road quality in the Polish-Belarusian borderland

Lead PartnerMoniecki District (Poland)

Partnership Municipal Unitary Enterprise Of Design, Repair & Construction "Grodnoobldorstroj" (Belarus)
Grodno District Executive Committee (Belarus)

Total budget4 325 103,38 €

Programme Contribution3892593,04 €

Duration18 months

Measure1.3. Improving access to the region

Project ref. numberIPBU.01.03.00-20-626/11

As a part of the project, District Office in Mońki has renovated 33-kilometer stretch of the county road known as the Route Tsar, and on the Belarusian side a reconstruction of a road section Grodno- Racicze-Sopoćkin with a length of 11 km has been planned. Both routes run through beautiful naturally and attractive historically areas of the Podlaskie province and Grodno oblast.

Route Tsar has been built at the end of 19th century in order to combine three tsarist fortresses Łomża, Osowca and Grodna. Until recently on many sections the road was deformed, full of holes and irregularities, which were difficult to miss while driving. Due to the lack of funds in the last several years, mostly patching the holes has been performed. As a part of the project we have renovated the section from Strękowa Góra to Osowiec which is especially picturesque, because it runs through swamps and dunes of the Biebrza National Park, which is the biggest habitat of mooses in Poland. The route is frequented by large numbers of tourists from entire Poland and abroad, employees of the Park, inhabitants of the roadside villages and other towns of the Moniecki District. Participants of the traffic on this road are both cars, buses and cyclists, who were particularly vulnerable to the dangers caused by poor technical condition of the surface. Attractive to tourists is also the area between Raczicze and Sopoćkinie, located near to the Belarusian part of the Augustow Channel. On this section of the road to Grodno a drainage system has been installed, a new surface has been laid, sidewalks for pedestrians were built.

Improving the quality of roads in the border area will increase the safety of transport, both in local and tourist traffic. The availability of these areas with a high potential for tourism will attract a much larger number of visitors, which will contribute to the economic development of the villages on the path, and consequently improve the standard of living of inhabitants. When preparing a joint project partners had in mind not only to increase the availability of valuable natural tourist areas, but no less to strengthen cross-border contacts. On the anniversary of the inauguration of the project in November 2014 they met on a conference entitled "Cross-border capitalization" in Lviv. The meeting, according to its slogan, was an opportunity to discuss and better understand the social benefits resulting from the implementation of various projects. The conference was attended by over 240 people, including representatives of 55 cross-border cooperation projects. Increasing the availability of border areas and popularizing their unique tourist attractiveness will contribute to the development of the tourism industry, the emergence of new jobs and income growth of local communities.