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Romanian Motorways Review - Q2 2024

(c) 130km.ro / 28 June 2024

Two sections of high-speed road infrastructure were opened in the second quarter of 2024: a partial route of 6.0km of Bucharest South Motorway section 1, between Popesti Leordeni and CF902/Jilava, and a partial route of 6.3km of Bucharest South Motorway section 2, between CF902/Jilava and DN5. The status and recent news for each Romanian motorway and expressway project is presented below.

A0 MOTORWAY (Bucharest Ringroad)

As mentioned above, a partial route of 6.0km of Bucharest South Motorway section 1, between Popesti Leordeni and CF902/Jilava, and a partial route of 6.3km of Bucharest South Motorway section 2, between CF902/Jilava and DN5 were opened in April 2024. Currently, 6.0km out of 16.9km on section 1 are open, with the remainder estimated to be opened in July; section 2 is open on its entire length (CF902/Jilava - DN6); works in progress on section 3 (DN6 - A1) with opening date estimated for the second half of 2024. In total, 22.3km are opened on the Southern part of the motorway and 28.9km are under construction.

On the Northern part of the motorway there are contracts signed for all four sections: section 1 (DJ601 – DN1) after the delayed signing of exection contract in September 2023 (opening date in 2026); the remainder of section 2 DN1 – DN2 is scheduled for opening in 2024 (after 9.5km were opened in November 2023), section 3 DN2 – DN3 is scheduled for opening in 2025, and section 4 DN3 – A2 in 2024. The total length of sections under construction on the Northern part of the motorway is 40.1km.

A1 MOTORWAY (Bucharest - Nadlac)

On A1 section Bucharest - Pitesti is opened to traffic (109.6km). On the following section, Pitesti - Sibiu, section I Sibiu - Boita (13.17km) is open. All other four sections have are being prepared or have works in progress: section 2 Boita - Cornetu (31.3km, opening date in 2027), section 3 (Cornetu - Tigveni, 37.4km, opening date in 2027), section 4 Tigveni - Curtea de Arges (9.9km, opening date in 2026) and section 5 Curtea de Arges - Pitesti with works proceeding nicely (30.4km, opening date in 2025, with a possible partial opening in 2024).

Sibiu ringorad (17.6km) is opened to traffic, as are the following sections, Sibiu - Orastie (82.2km) and Orastie - Deva (32.5km). The following section, Lugoj - Deva, is open with the exception of 13.2km on segment 2 (Margina - Holdea) for which works are in progress and the opening date is in 2026 (length of Lugoj - Deva segment which is open: 86.3km).

The other sections on A1, Lugoj - Timisoara (35.1km), Timisoara - Arad and Arad ringorad (41.0km) and Arad - Nadlac (38.9km) are also open to traffic.

A2 SUN MOTORWAY (Bucharest - Constanta)

Entire length open to traffic (202.8km).


First section, Bucharest - Ploiesti (65.2km), is open to traffic. On the following section, Ploiesti - Brasov, the route Rasnov - Cristian (6.3km) is open and a tender for a 5km section between Cristian and Ghimbav is planned. Section Brasov - Targu Mures is dropped from official plans and was replaced with the A10 Sebes - Turda motorway. The following section, Targu Mures - Gilau (103.5km) is open to traffic.

On the last section, Gilau - Bors, status is as follows: Gilau - Nadaselu (9.5km) open; Nadaselu - Mihaiesti (16.8km) under construction with opening date in 2025; two viaducts will be built as a distinct project, in which a contractor was selected but the contract hasn’t been signed yet; Mihaiesti - Zimbor (13.3km) under construction, opening date in 2025; Zimbor - Poarta Salajului (13.3km) under construction, opening date in 2024 (Romanasi junction for offloading traffic from the Zimbor - Poarta Salajului route is currently tendered as a distinct project); Poarta Salajului - Zalau (15.1km) and Zalau - Nusfalau (25.8km) – contractor selected but contract not signed yet; Nusfalau - Suplacu de Barcau (13.6km) opened in 2023; Suplacu de Barcau - Chiribis (26.4km) - contract signed; Chiribis - Biharia (28.9km) – execution contract signed in March 2024; Biharia - Bors (5.4km) open.

A4 MOTORWAY (Constanta Ringroad)

The initial Constanta bypass route of 21.8km is opened on its entire length. A tender was launched in June 2024 for an additional route that starts in the South of Constanta, bypasses some of the Black Sea resorts and ends close to Olimp (30.6km).

A6 SOUTH MOTORWAY (Lugoj - Calafat)

The only section open to traffic is Balint - Lugoj ringroad (10.5km); no plans in place for additional routes on this motorway.

A7 MOTORWAY (Ploiesti - Pascani)

Bacau ringroad is opened on a route of 16.3km. For section Ploiesti - Buzau (63.3km) works are in progress for all three segments: segment 1 Dumbrava - Mizil (21.0km, scheduled for opening in 2024), segment 2 Mizil - Pietroasele (28.4km, scheduled for opening in 2024) and segment 3 Pietroasele - Buzau (13.9km, scheduled for opening in 2025).

For section Buzau - Focsani works are in progress for all four segments: 1 Buzau - Vadu Pasii (4.6km, scheduled for opening in 2024), 2 Vadu Pasii - Ramnicu Sarat (30.8km, scheduled for opening in 2025), 3 Ramnicu Sarat - Mandresti Munteni (36.1km, scheduled for opening in 2025) and 4 Mandresti Munteni - Focsani Nord (10.9km, scheduled for opening in 2024).

On section Focsani - Bacau works are in progress for all three segments: Focsani - Domnesti Targ (35.6km), Domnesti Targ - Racaciuni (38.8km) and Racaciuni - Bacau (21.5km). Opening dates for all three are in 2025. For section Bacau - Pascani there are works in progress on all three segments: 1 Saucesti - Trifesti Targ (30.3km, opening date in 2025), 2 Trifesti - Gheraiesti (19.0km, opening date in 2025) and 3 Mircesti - Pascani (28.1km, opening date in 2025). Tender procedures for sections Pascani - Suceava and Suceava - Siret are planned; they will be built as a motorway for part of their length and as an expressway for the remainder.

A8 UNITY MOTORWAY (Tg. Mures - Ungheni)

Contract signed for section I Targu Mures - Miercurea Nirajului (24.4km) with opening date in 2026. Tenders launched for two out of six segments of section II Miercurea Nirajului - Leghin: segment 1b Miercurea Nirajului - Sarateni (23.4km) and segment 2c Pipirig - Vanatori Neamt/Leghin (19.3km); tenders planned for the remaining four segments. Contract signed for section III Leghin - Targu Neamt (29.9km) with opening date in 2026. Route Targu Neamt – Iasi – Ungheni is planned. There is a tender in progress for a bridge over Prut river at Ungheni.

A10 MOTORWAY (Sebes - Turda)

Motorway opened to traffic on its entire length.

A13 MOTORWAY (Sibiu - Bacau)

Contracts signed for all four sections of Sibiu - Fagaras route with opening dates in 2027: section I Boita - Avrig/Marsa (14.25km), section II Avrig/Marsa - Arpasu de Jos (19.92km), section III Arpasu de Jos - Sambata de Sus (17.61km), section IV Sambata de Sus - Fagaras (16.26km). Contract signed for feasibility study for route Brasov – Bacau.


Tender in progress for Oar – Satu Mare expressway (10.8km).


Works in progress on section A3 - DN1 (Tureni), 4.96km, opening date in 2025.


Works in progress for DEx6 expressway (12.3km). Opening is scheduled in 2024. The route connects to a bridge over the Danube between Braila and Smardan in Tulcea County which was opened in July 2023 (the bridge is not part of the Braila - Galati expressway).

DEx12 EXPRESSWAY (Craiova - Pitesti)

Sections II Robanesti - Slatina (39.9km) and III Slatina - Colonesti (31.8km) are open. Works in progress on section I Craiova - Robanesti (17.7km) with opening date in 2025 and section IV Colonesti - Pitesti (31.9km) scheduled for opening in 2024.

DEx16 EXPRESSWAY (Arad - Oradea)

A section between Oradea and A3 motorway (at Bors) was opened in March 2024; out of a total of 19,0km for this route, 13,0km are built as an expressway and the remained as a national road. For the three sections of route Arad – Oradea tenders were launched in the first quarter of 2024. A section of 3.5km between A1 motorway at DN7 at Arad, designated A11, is opened to traffic.

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