Sorry for joining this thread late.
During my PRL-time, the roads were narrow and you had to share with TIRy, tractors and horse-drawn wagons BUT they were well-paved and maintained(at least in my part of the country). The roads are full of potholes. Is this accurate? If so, wtf happened?
The number of cars in Poland before 1989 was near to nil, compared to what we have today. I can still remember the holidays of my Italian aunt and her mother, one of my Grandmas in Poland. Edith drove her Ford in Aleje Jerozolimskie passing the bridge over WKD railway at 115 km/h and the road was completely empty. Even in 1994, the traffic was so sparse I could safely ride 2 x 30 km everyday on my bicycle (to and from work). I can remember the boom in 1996/1997 when people could afford buying new cars, and then there was an explosion of imported used cars here. Unmaintained roads and enormous number of cars and especially trucks damaged most of roads.
As other posters mentioned, highways are under construction now, expressways are under reconstruction or new construction, same with principal 4-lane dual carriageways. Other principal roads are repaired/rebuilt, often from EU funds. Local roads are repaired or not, depending on the finances of given Gmina.
Good example of a city having very poor streets is £ódź. Compared to that, Wrocław is perfect. Also, let us not forget about roads leading through forests. They degrade terribly after every winter and I do not think anything except constant repairs could be done there.
I travelled the roads in Czech, before 2004 and the standard of roads were better in 2002, than they are today in Poland, so lets get the facts right.
This was the fact at that time. Now, roads in Czech Republic do not look so impressively compared to the rapid development of roads in Poland.
Jezus people .. BUILD concrete roads theyre maybe more expensive but maintience of an asphalt road is far more expensive when you have to rebuild it after a year a concrete road may sustain for years without rebuilding.
Strange but the Czech expressway/motorway from Olomouc -> Brno -> Slovakia is made of concrete and it is terribly bad. We also had a segment of the Katowice road Tomaszów -> Piotrków made of concrete; it is now reconstructed to tarmac, the concrete was not really good. I also am so happy that the old concrete road Silesia -> Wrocław was replaced with a tarmac highway; whoever drove the old Route 4 knows what I mean. (That road was built by Hitler).
Antek how are you going to drive 140 KM/h on those?
I have already been asking you to stop lying. You can drive 140 km/h on a motorway. You would probably have a speed limit of 40 km/h at the place where you are showing potholes.
I still wonder Havok what makes you so desperate enemy of Poland but I read comments of Sokrates on you and I begin understanding.