Česká Bělá bypass completed
After two years of construction, the Road and Motorway Directorate is opening the Česká Bělá bypass on highway I/34, the main road connecting České Budějovice with Havlíčkův Brod and Svitavy. The bypass’s main benefit is the fact that it shifts freight traffic outside of residential zones.
Highway I/34 (České Budějovice – Havlíčkův Brod – Svitavy) is the main east-west road in the northern part of the Vysočina Region. Its new route after Havlíčkův Brod links up with sections that are marked by substandard road conditions (inclines and curves) as well as insufficient widths.
One such section is the section of road passing through the town of Česká Bělá. The current status of the road in this section does not reflect its importance, and its condition and technical state do not meet the demands of a class I road. “There are many serious traffic deficiencies and one important factor is the difficulty of maintaining the road during the winter season. The current longitudinal inclines of more than 10% do not allow for fluid traffic flows, in particular of heavy freight traffic, which negatively affects the environment in town through increased noise and exhaust,” explains the Road and Motorway Directorate’s CEO Jiří Švorc.
Construction of the I/34 Česká Bělá bypass diverts transiting traffic outside of contiguously built-up areas, eliminates the current noise and exhaust burdens, improves traffic flow, and reduces travel time. The bypass also provides faster and more efficient transport and helps to improve the environment in Česká Bělá.
The I/34 Česká Bělá bypass project will be followed by additional phases of converting this stretch of road, including the project “I/34 Roušťany – Pohled.” The project’s aim is the maximum improvement of traffic conditions.
The construction project itself is designed as a full bypass of the town of Česká Bělá. The bypass starts at the existing section of the I/34 between Krátká Ves and Česká Bělá and rejoins the existing road after Česká Bělá towards Ždírec nad Doubravou.
Česká Bělá is connected to the bypass through three intersections. The first intersection when coming from Havlíčkův Brod has been designed as a grade-separated interchange with two branches. The first branch consists of an on-ramp built on a triple-span bridge. The other intersections are at grade – a four-way intersection with road III/3509 and a fork junction with the existing I/34 at km 2.903, with the old I/34 transformed into a local road serving as the main road into Česká Bělá when coming from Ždírec nad Doubravou.
The I/34’s new alignment crosses Bělá Creek via a 276-meter-long viaduct. There is a passing lane between km 0.300 and 0.980 when heading towards Havlíčkův Brod; no other extra lane was necessary on any uphill sections of the realigned I/34. The longitudinal profile of road I/34 is determined by the need to connect to the existing road at both the beginning and the end of the realignment, the need to bridge the Bělá valley, and an at-grade connection to road III/3509. Almost all construction could be performed without any significant impacts on traffic, since most of the project is in a non-built-up area. Traffic on the existing I/34 was regulated during the process of connecting the new road to the existing road at the beginning and the end of the realignment, and during construction of the intersection with road III/3509.
Final work on the bypass will be completed as per the contract with the general contractor, no later than by 31 December 2010.
The project is co-financed by the European Union’s structural funds, specifically the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of the Operational Programme “Transportation”. The non-returnable European Union financing (up to 85% of acknowledged costs) is provided within the framework of Priority 4, “Upgrading of Class I roads other than TEN-T”.
An information brochre and map can be found here.
Information on the I/34 Česká Bělá - bypass
Cost: CZK 401 mil., excl. taxes
Length: 3235 m
Start of construction: 03/2008
Opening date: 09/2010