Expressway S8 (Poland)
Expressway S8 or express road S8 (in Polish droga ekspresowa S8) is major road in Poland
Poland , officially the Republic of Poland , is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north...

 which, when completed, will run along the route Wrocław – Łódź – Warsaw
Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is located on the Vistula River, roughly from the Baltic Sea and from the Carpathian Mountains. Its population in 2010 was estimated at 1,716,855 residents with a greater metropolitan area of 2,631,902 residents, making Warsaw the 10th most...

 – Białystok. The whole road is planned to be about 550 km (341.8 mi) long. Originally the road was to continue on to the border with Lithuania
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 but in 2009 the plans have been changed, and currently the S61
Expressway S61 (Poland)
Expressway S61 or express road S61 is major planned road in Poland which is going to run from the Lithuanian A5 at the Polish-Lithuanian border near Budzisko to intersect express road S8 near Ostrów Mazowiecka. The expressway became part of the polish planned expressway network with the approval of...

 will branch off S8 and go to the border. S8 section from Warsaw to S61 has been planned to become part of Via Baltica

History of construction

In August 2009, 54.7 km (34 mi) of the expressway was completed. The existing sections are:
  • Oleśnica
    Oleśnica is a town in the Trzebnickie Hills in southwestern Poland with 36,951 inhabitants . It is situated in Lower Silesian Voivodeship...

     bypass, 7.5 km (4.7 mi) of 12.8 km (8 mi) are built to express road standard
  • Radzymin
    Radzymin is a town in Poland and is one of the distant suburbs of the city of Warsaw. It is located in the powiat of Wołomin of the Masovian Voivodeship. The town has 8,818 inhabitants .Radzymin was located by Bolesław IV of Warsaw in 1440...

     – Wyszków
    Wyszków is a town in northeastern Poland with 26,500 inhabitants . It is the capital of Wyszków County . Wyszków is situated in the Masovian Voivodeship ; previously it was in Warsaw Voivodeship and Ostrołęka Voivodeship .-Description:The village of Wyszków was first documented in 1203. The town...

    , 36.7 km (23 mi)
  • Ostrów Mazowiecka
    Ostrów Mazowiecka
    Ostrów Mazowiecka is a town in northeastern Poland with 23,486 inhabitants . Situated in the Masovian Voivodeship , previously in Ostroleka Voivodeship . It is the capital of Ostrów Mazowiecka County....

     bypass, 7.5 km (4.7 mi)

In December 2009, another 76 km (47.2 mi) was under construction. In addition, two design-build
Design-build is a project delivery system used in the construction industry. It is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design–builder or design–build contractor...

 contracts have been signed for another 85.7 km (53 mi) of the road and have been in design stage, with construction planned to begin in 2010.

S8 in Warsaw

S8 is going to run through Warsaw and be part of its network of bypass roads. As of 2009, two sections were under construction in Warsaw. The first runs from Konotopa (junction with A2
A2 autostrada (Poland)
The autostrada A2 in Poland is a motorway which, when completed, will run from west to east through central Poland, from the Polish-German border in Świecko/Frankfurt , through Poznań, Łódź and Warsaw to the Polish-Belarusian border in Terespol/Brest...

) to Powązkowska street and is 10.1 km (6.3 mi) long. Construction started in 2008 and was finished in December 2010. The second section runs from Modlińska to Marki and is 7.1 km (4.4 mi) long. Its construction started in 2008 and should be finished in 2012.

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