2.1 Improvement and development of transport services and infrastructure
Bieszczadzki Poviat (Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland)
Turka Regional Council (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
The Bieszczady Mountains, the “green lungs” of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship in Poland have a great recreational value. Solina Lake and High Bieszczady are two major tourist points in this region. This rich landscape area is however, hard to reach due to poor transportation links on both sides of the Polish-Ukrainian border. It brings a risk of road accidents, high transport costs as well as a negative impact on the environment.
In order to face these challenges, the Bieszczadzki Poviat together with Turka District Council developed the SOUTHWAY project improving provincial and national roads of the Bieszczadzki, Leski and Sanocki Poviats. The roads are very important for local traffic, as they lead to the border crossing points Krościenko–Smilnytsia, planned Michniowiec–Lopushanka and Żuraw- in–Boberka. On the Polish side of the border, the reconstruction of the most damaged sections of poviat roads with a total length of 15.5 km will be carried out. The works will include, e.g. road foundation, an asphalt surface, renewing the roadsides. On the Ukrainian side the feasibility studies for future road investments will be prepared. Moreover, the development strategy including design proposals of accessibility, tourism and SMEs development of both regions will be prepared and published on the partners' websites. Furthermore, the open-air event “Good Neighbour Days” in Boberka (UA) will promote local natural and tourist values. The partners will also conduct the lessons on road safety and first aid for schools on both sides of the border.
The investments will result in stronger tourists exchange between Turka District and Bieszczadzki Poviat, which will gain easier access to the border crossing points. In the long term, the inhabitants and tourists will benefit from better driving safety and comfort, reduction of transport costs and the negative impact on the environment. The Polish-Ukrainian borderland will profit from better image and attractiveness of the region.
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