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Title:The realization of the Autostrada A1 in Poland: A discussion of spatial implications
Author(s):Lechtenberg, Devon M.
Advisor(s):Cidell, Julie
Department / Program:Russian,E European,Eurasn Ctr
Discipline:Russian, E Eur, Eurasian St
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Transportation Infrastructure
Autostrada A1
Highways in Poland
EU Structural Funds
Transportation Geography
Trans-European Network (TEN).
Abstract:The Autostrada A1 is a highway currently under construction in Poland. The Autostrada A1 will connect two major Polish ports on the Baltic Sea with industrial areas in the south of the country. Together with the construction of other major highways such as the A2, A3, and A4, it will form a network the significance of which for Poland is paralleled by the Interstate Highway system in the United States and the Autobahn network in Germany. I would suggest that almost every effect that the Autostrada A1 or its realization has had or will have on its environment carries spatial implications. Economic and demographic patterns will likely be significantly affected by the presence of a new north-south highway in Poland. The Autostrada A1 itself, the process to build it, and the transformed government and legal regimes to administer it are all Polish spaces which are merging with the greater space of the European Union while still having ties to the East. Implicit in this process is the further enablement of Poland and other Central European countries which will benefit from the Autostrada A1 to realize their full economic, political and social potential within the contemporary order in Europe and the world.
Issue Date:2010-08-20
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Devon M. Lechtenberg
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-08-20
Date Deposited:2010-08

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