Gov't agency plans EUR 17.7bn of road construction tenders in 2009

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Date: 2009-09-29 10:28

The General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) plans to announce tenders for road construction projects worth of around PLN 75bn (EUR 17.7bn) this year, the GDDKiA's acting head Lech Witecki told the Polish Press Agency.

Out of this sum, around PLN 34bn would be spent in 2010, while subsequent years would see lower spending, he added.

In 2009 alone, the agency plans to earmark close on PLN 22bn on building and modernising express roads and motorways. Witecki stressed that "according to indicators now at our disposal," the GDDKiA was already close to this target.

Earlier in the day, the GDDKiA signed contracts for designing and constructing 91 km of the A2 motorway from Strykow (the intersection of A1 and A2) to Konotopa (near Warsaw). The total value of these contracts amounts to PLN 3.2bn compared to the agency's budget of PLN 5.7bn.

The stretch was divided into five sections, to be built by consortia led by: China Overseas Engineering Group Co. Ltd (29.2km, PLN 754.5mn), Mostostal Warszawa (17.0km, PLN 843.5mn), China Overseas Engineering Group Co. Ltd (20.0km, PLN 534.5mn), Strabag (17.6km, PLN 643.8mn), Budimex-Dromex (7.1km, PLN 425.5mn), respectively.

The GDDKiA plans to expand the motorway network by 48.6km in 2009, i.e. by 40.4km less than planned vs. the current 817.0km, the daily "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna" reported. In 2010, the network would grow by 60.0km and in 2012, by 751.0km. It quotes the agency's spokesman Andrzej Maciejewski as saying that this schedule was a result of the timing of contract signing - previously, not many tenders were decided.