Opening of Pilsen's Western Bypass, construction costing more than two billion CZK, 19 February 2023 Pilsen
Pilsen – Pilsen's Western Ring Road, the largest and most expensive construction, which has been implemented by the Pilsen region, will be opened to drivers for the first time tonight. The construction of the second stage of the circuit, which has one lane in each direction, cost 2.2 billion crowns, of which 1.54 billion is an EU subsidy. The section will connect the north of Pilsen and the main route from Karlovy Vary with the D5 highway and ease the traffic congestion in the center of the city, Pilsen Governor Rudolf Špoták (Pirates) told journalists today.
The 3.5-kilometer western ring road will connect the largest housing estate in the Northern suburbs with the industrial zone in Borské polý. According to the governor, this is the largest and most demanding transport construction for the region, both from a financial and construction-technical point of view. It includes a 1.2-kilometer flyover around the Mže river, four bridges and three biocorridors, which are located in the cut of the original terrain and bridge the main route. Construction took almost three years and was completed on time. The region paid 340 million crowns for it. It is of fundamental importance for the Pilsen agglomeration and for the city center.
The circuit, whose load is estimated to be up to 20,000 cars per day, will relieve the city center of thousands of cars, mainly Karlovarská and Klatovská třída. The finished second and last part continued the stage completed eight years ago. The entire 5.9 km circuit will connect the main routes I/26 to Domažlice and I/20 to Karlovy Vary, connecting the Northern Suburbs with the industrial, commercial and university zone Borská pole. Drivers driving from Klatov, Domažlice and from the south of Bohemia will get to Most and Karlovy Vary faster.
The road has one lane in each direction, according to Deputy Governor Pavel Čížek, this is sufficient. “According to all calculations, it is sufficient, it is a regional, second-class road. The two-lane road will transport many thousands of vehicles. It is a new offer to connect Pilsen, outside Klatovská třída or the road to Lochotín, so drivers will definitely find the best route,” said Čížek.
The public could also view the completed section today. There was great interest in visiting the building, hundreds of people came to see it. They crossed the road on foot or by bicycle or scooter. It will open for cars at midnight.
According to Čížek, the completed section for drivers will be followed by the modification of the roundabout at Makro in Borské polý in the next two years. The reconstruction of the bypass will be carried out by the Directorate of Roads and Highways.