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Romanian Motorways Review Q2 2017

02 July 2017. (c) 130km.ro.

Find below a review of relevant news for each Romanian motorway project published in the past three months:

I. A1 MOTORWAY (Bucharest - Nadlac)

Bucharest - Pitesti: Entire length opened to traffic as of the writing of this article.

Pitesti - Sibiu: Ongoing preparations for launching tenders for sections 1 (Sibiu - Boita, 13km) and 5 (Curtea de Arges - Pitesti, 30km); tenders to be launched soon. Announced date for opening of entire length is 2020 (will probably be delayed). Sibiu ringroad is opened to traffic (17.2km).

Sibiu - Orastie: Entire length opened to traffic as of the writing of this article.

Orastie - Deva: Entire length opened to traffic as of the writing of this article.

Deva - Lugoj: Works in progress for segment 3 (Ilia - Cosevita, 21km, 79% of works completed) and 4 (Soimus - Ilia, 22km, 58%); official opening dates are September and December 2017, but 2018 is a more realistic deadline. Segment 1 and 15km of segment 2 are open; completion of segment 2 is dependent on several ecoducts for which the tender hasn't even been launched yet.

Lugoj - Timisoara, Timisoara - Arad and Arad - Nadlac are all opened.

II. A3 MOTORWAY (Bucharest - Bors)

Bucharest - Ploiesti: 55.5km of this section are open to traffic. Work continues on the final 3.3km of the remaining 6.5km on this section. Opening date re-confirmed to be by year-end 2017.

Ploiesti - Brasov: Contract allocated for a short 6km section between Rasnov and Cristian, with works expected to start in July. No other relevant news and no other sections in under construction or open to traffic. Notice: the section between Brasov and Targu Mures is not longer included in Government plans, being replaced by the alternative A10 Sebes - Turda motorway.

Targu Mures - Gilau: 52km on this section are opened to traffic, while for the remaining 56.5 km work is ongoing on 4 out of 5 segments; two of these segments (about 15km) could be opened by the end of the year.

Gilau - Bors: Gilau - Nadasel section is almost ready but will not be opened due to missing connecting bridge over Somesul Mic; contractor selected for the bridge, with works expected to be completed in April 2018. A contract is signed for Nadasel - Mihaiesti; no additional info on this topic (works expected to be completed in April 2018).

III. A10 MOTORWAY (Sebes - Turda)

Works in progress on all four segments, slowed down due to various procedures and problems. Completion estimated in 2017 for segments 3 and 4 (more probable for segment 3) and 2018 for the other two.

IV. OTHER PROJECTS

The only segment open on A6: Lugoj - Calafat consists of 11km opened in 2013; this route will not be extended via motorway. The only segment open on A11: Arad - Oradea consists of 3.5km connecting A1 and DN7.

The feasibility study review contract on Targu Mures - Iasi - Ungheni motorway is still suspended. Feasibility study review in progress for Sibiu - Fagaras (Brasov). The planned Craiova - Pitesti motorway was changed to express road with works expected to start in 2018. Renewed interest for Timisoara - Belgrade motorway, but discussions proved fruitless.

V. COMPLETED MOTORWAYS

Motorways A2: Bucharest - Constanta and A4: Constanta Ringroad are completed with entire length opened to traffic.

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