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Romanian Motorways Review 2017

28 December 2017. (c) 130km.ro.

We start with an updated map of Romanian motorways and motorway projects at the end of 2017 (click to enlarge):

Next, find below a review of relevant news for each Romanian motorway project:

I. A1 MOTORWAY (Bucharest - Nadlac)

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

Pitesti - Sibiu: Tenders launched for end-sections (Sibiu - Boita and Pitesti - Curtea de Arges), while tenders for sections 2, 3 and 4 could be launched in 2018. Financing for this section and the documentation required to plan and build it are two main issues to be solved before works can start. The earliest opening date is 2021. Sibiu ringroad is opened to traffic (17.2km).

Sections Sibiu - Orastie and Orastie - Deva: are open to trafic. As for Deva - Lugoj, segment 1 (Traian Vuia - Sanovita) and 15km of segment 2 (Margina - Traian Vuia) are open to traffic; the latter was opened in March 2017 and is the only new motorway section opened to traffic in 2017 in Romania. Openings expected for 2018 on this route include 4km on segment 2, 8.6km on segment 3 and 12km on segment 4 (partial openings).

Lugoj - Timisoara, Timisoara - Arad and Arad - Nadlac are all open to traffic.

II. A3 MOTORWAY (Bucharest - Bors)

Bucharest - Ploiesti: 55.5km of this section are open to traffic. The remaining 6.5km were scheduled to be opened by the end of 2017 but this did not happen and the deadline was pushed to 2018.

Ploiesti - Brasov: Winner announced for tender on Rasnov-Cristian, a 6.3km stretch on Comarnic-Brasov, but works have not started yet. No significant developments on this route.

Brasov - Targu Mures: This section was dropped from official plans, with access to Transylvania replaced by A10 Sebes - Turda, currently under construction.

Targu Mures - Gilau: 52km on this section are open to traffic, while contracts are in place for the remaining 56.5 km; some setions could be opened in 2018, with the rest scheduled for 2019.

Gilau - Bors: Works completed on Gilau - Nadaselu (9km), but opening is not possible due to lack of access bridge, currently under construction (opening date: April 2018). Contract signed for section Nadaselu - Mihaiesti was canceled in 2017. Tenders for Suplacu de Barcau - Bors expected in 2018.

III. A10 MOTORWAY (Sebes - Turda)

Works in progress for all four segments, with significant developments on sections 3 and 4 which could be opened as early as January 2018 (section 3) and May 2018 (section 4). Sections 1 and 2 lagging behind with opening dates scheduled for 2019.


No major news on other proposed motorways. A new tender for Bacau ringroad motorway could be launched in 2018.


Motorways A2: Bucharest - Constanta and A4: Constanta Ringroad are completed with entire length open to traffic. Additionally, 11km between Balint and Lugoj ringroad are opened on the proposed A6 Lugoj - Calafat motorway and 3.5km between Arad and DN7 are opened on the proposed A11 Arad - Oradea motorway.