Polish constructors dig new tunnel on S1 expressway to Slovak border 

Tunnelling on the S1 expressway between Przybędza and Milówka. Credit: GDDKiATunnelling on the S1 expressway between Przybędza and Milówka. Credit: GDDKiA

The section of the new expressway connecting Katowice and Žilina is due in 2024.

Poland’s road infrastructure manager, Generalna Dyrekcja Dróg Krajowych i Autostrad (GDDKiA), is making progress on the construction of the S1 expressway that will link Katowice with Slovakia in the tri-border area between Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

The first tunnel, which will serve as a bypass for the town of Węgierska Górka, has been driven. It is part of the construction of the Przybędza – Milówka section. One tube is 830 meters long, the other 980 meters long. The S1 expressway will be one of the main routes between Poland and Slovakia in the direction of Čadca, crossing the border between the Polish Zwardoń and the Slovak Skalité. Both tunnels are being constructed using the New Austrian Tunnelling Method.

The construction of this section of the expressway also includes an almost kilometer-long overpass near Węgierska Górka and the widening of the existing Przybędza and Milówka interchanges. Currently, 52% of the entire construction is completed.

Construction of the section has been underway since the end of 2019 and is scheduled for completion in 2024. The PLN 1.37 billion contract was awarded to the MIRBUD, Kobylarnia, and Interbudmontaż consortium. The construction is described in detail on the GDDKiA website.


Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková

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