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Romanian Motorways Review in Q3 2018

1 October 2018. (c) 130km.ro.

Q3 2018 finally brought some good news about Romanian motorways. July saw the opening of sections 3 and 4 of A10 Sebes - Turda motorway (29km), while the end of September brought the opening of a stretch of 9km between Gilau and Nadaselu on A3 motorway. Find below the status of motorways opened to traffic or under construction in Romania.

I. A1 MOTORWAY (Bucharest - Nadlac)

Bucharest - Pitesti: Entire length opened to traffic. Pitesti - Sibiu: Tenders have been in progress for a while. Various formalities such as environmental requirements still in progress. The estimated opening date is 2022-2023. Sibiu ringroad is open 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. Contract was canceled for the a part of segment, which means a new tender is required; as no plans have been announced for this tender, the earliest opening date is 2021-2022. Works in progress on sections 3 and 4, which were previously announced to have opening dates in 2018; this will most probably happen in 2019 (especially for section 3 which requires a new tender for an access point).

Sections 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 are scheduled to be opened in November this year, according to most recent news. Ploiesti - Brasov: winner announced for tender on Rasnov-Cristian, a 6.3km stretch on Comarnic-Brasov, but works have not started yet due to formalities that need to be completed. No significant developments on this route and no news on Ploiesti - Comarnic either.

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 and works are in progress for the remaining 56.5 km; some sections could be opened in 2018, with the rest scheduled for 2019.

Gilau - Bors: Gilau - Nadaselu section (9km) opened in September 2018 after completion of access bridge. Contract for section Nadaselu - Mihaiesti was canceled in 2017 with no new tender announced. New tenders for the three sections of segment Suplacu de Barcau - Bors launched at the beginning of 2018, with contractors selected for two of them. Tenders for section Mihaiesti - Suplacu de Barcau could be launched in 2018. No additional news available for these tender procedures.

III. A10 MOTORWAY (Sebes - Turda)

Sections 3 (Aiud - Decea) and 4 (Decea - Turda) were opened to traffic in July 2018. Works progressing on sections 1 (Sebes - Paraul Iovului) and 2 (Paraul Iovului - Aiud), with opening estimated in 2019.


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.

A new tender for Bacau ringroad motorway was launched at the beginning of 2018, with tender procedures in progress (contracter selection was challenged by a competitor). Challenges also recorded for the results of tenders on at least two out of the three sections of the Southern part of the new Bucharest Ringroad.