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Old July 25th, 2015, 03:59 PM   #8401
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@samply: there are higher chances that Comarnic-Brașov will be built faster. It îs half that long.
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Old July 26th, 2015, 01:35 PM   #8402
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...whether there is a concrete plan for Sibiu - Boita ?
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Old July 27th, 2015, 10:20 PM   #8403
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Almost 100 pictures in one of the greatest article about our construction works find lately in roumanian press.













At this stage, moving this kind of electricty poles are one of the main reasons for delays since it's taking to long to get approval from electricty distribution firms and also to get the extra expropiation land needed:





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A1: Dumbrava – Margina 15km (2013 to May 2016) – projectmap
Still there are hopes for an unexpected opening late this year. And giving the fact that almost all the works started early this spring, they might be able to do it.
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Old July 28th, 2015, 08:49 PM   #8404
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At this stage, moving this kind of electricty poles are one of the main reasons for delays since it's taking to long to get approval from electricty distribution firms and also to get the extra expropiation land needed:
Thanks for your post!

But why this is causing delay? Those kind of work to do should have been integrated on studies about making this highway and should be integrated into the necessary cost and time to buid it... Or maybe studies wer made badly...
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Old July 28th, 2015, 09:11 PM   #8405
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Well, no. This kind of project is design&build, so only in design phase this kind of works are aknowledged. But after that bureacracy is taking over - a different project is presented by contractor to the electricity distribution firm, and after this firm approve there is the husstle with suplimentary expropiation for a different pole location (and this expropiation is done through a governmental decision). And finally, months later, long after design phase is over and almost when construction works are over, they can move this poles.
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I see, thanks for the explanations!
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Old July 29th, 2015, 09:41 PM   #8407
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...whether there is a concrete plan for Sibiu - Boita ?

For a similar expansion ? No. It will be either a by-pass or the motorway Sibiu-Pitesti. Latter is more probable.
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Old July 30th, 2015, 10:10 AM   #8408
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BY NINEOCLOCK • JULY 30, 2015 AT 8:46 AM


At this moment work is being done in Romania on almost 177 kilometres of motorway, and the National Roads and Highway Company (CNADNR) hopes to open to traffic another 40 kilometres of motorway by the end of the year.

Two weeks ago Romanian and Hungarian authorities attended the opening of the Nadlac II border crossing point. On this occasion, the 40 kilometres of motorway between Arad and Nadlac became operational. Romania and Hungary are now linked by motorway and the Nadlac II border crossing point is among the most modern. Nadlac II has 20 lanes, 10 on each direction, and 10 double booths that will be manned by Romanian and Hungarian border policemen. Four lanes are reserved for auto vehicles and two for lorries, on each direction. A parking lot with 107 parking spaces for lorries is present on the Romanian side of the border. The whole border crossing centre spans 22 hectares on both sides of the border and is fully covered by video surveillance cameras.

According to CNADNR, if all goes according to plan by the end of the year drivers could use the motorway all the way from Nadlac (at the western border) to Lugoj and beyond, in Timis County. Authorities basically hope to open to traffic Section 2 of the Timisoara-Lugoj motorway, plus the 10 kilometres outside of Lugoj that are ready since 2013 but were left unused since they were not connected, and another 15 kilometres from Section 2 of the Lugoj-Deva motorway. Over 40 kilometres of motorway in total.
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Old July 30th, 2015, 03:14 PM   #8409
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So, you agree with me, there will be lots of lorries on Pitesti-Sibiu
Together with BMW's trying to overtake them at 200+km/h!
The first car wreck is just waiting to happen even before the first meter of that road is built.

Well, currently this happens on the national road, so I am pretty convinced it will be much safer on the motorway... But it would be indeed an interesting theory that motorways decrease traffic safety!


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With Pitesti-Sibiu being the priority I fear that for quite some time Romania will basically have one main motorway connection from Constanta to Nadlac and little else more.
Romania would need a network, not just the one motorway.
I find it hard to believe that many people in Bucharest would prefer Pitesti-Sibiu to Comarnic-Brasov as so many of them use the Sinaia-Predeal area as their preferred mountain destination.

I agree, Romania needs a network of motorways. But I don't see that building Sibiu-Pitesti hinders Romania from doing that. The amount of money spend on SiPi is obviously not small, but it won't be enough for more than maybe ~300km of roads in less difficult areas - which wouldn't make up a network yet either..

I think you need to change your focus of thinking - besides supporting people in their leisure, motorways should enable also the economy to have fast and reliable transport routes, as others also mentioned.
Plus, your focus should also not be only on what people in Bucharest want - the country is much more than one city :-) Yes, it is the biggest and by far most important, and that's why of course it is already the hub of motorways (A1, A2, A3 starting there; yes, it would need a good belt still!). Of course these motorways need to be continued, also the DN1 in Prahova needs to be urgently extended, but that doesn't mean that A1 shouldn't be completed before.
And proposing to build A6 as a replacement for the SiPi section seems just ridiculous. It will for sure be needed on long term, and would be great to have, but you don't even have a feasibility study for it....
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Regarding your statements about EU financing - of course, nobody forces Romania to build any highway. But if Romania wants to draw the funds from the EU cohesion fund, then they need to use them to build infrastructure that is assessed to be of the highest value on a international level, rather than local utility. For that, other funds are available - which have a smaller percentage of costs funded.

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Building Pitesti-Sibiu will drain the state budget for a good 5 years just to build an unattractive stretch of lorries overtaking each other, it will have some commercial international value, but that's it.

For a cohesion funded project, the state still needs to finance a part itself. For Sibiu-Pitesti, that is 15%. Let's just assume that the project will be around 2 billion Euro (though some argue it will be less, anyhow), that would mean around 300 million Euro of costs. How is that draining the state budget for 5 years?

Besides, I think this 15% are anyhow by far offset by the economic benefits from the money, e.g. higher employment rate (less unemployment money), more business for supplying companies, etc.
Thus, in the end, you in fact build that motorway stretch for free, and you don't drain your budget...
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Old July 30th, 2015, 06:24 PM   #8411
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Hi.
I'm going to Bulgaria for two weeks and I have a questions:
When they finished repairs of the surface:
1. Boita-Lazaret on DN 7?
2. Bridge at the border crossing (Giurgiu-Ruse)?
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Old July 30th, 2015, 08:21 PM   #8412
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1. Boita - Lazaret is not about repairs. They extend the road surface, and as far as I know, there are no delays caused by this works.

2. At Giurgiu - Ruse I've been told that delays in traffic are between 30 minutes and 2 hours. Most severe saturday morning (and generaly in the morning) since many roumanians leave in the morning going directly Ruse - Makaza towards Thassos.

But I have no idee about a date when they will finish this works. Probably later this autumn.
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Old July 30th, 2015, 08:29 PM   #8413
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Thx @pasadia.
I'll be going on sunday afternoon (Romanian drivers return from Thassos)
I'll choose route to Constanta or Silistra ferry.
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Old July 31st, 2015, 12:25 PM   #8414
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CNADNR is tendering fesability studies for A3 (Comarnic-Predeal and Predeal-Cristian).

6 months for revision of the FS, and 6 months for assistance to CNADNR (presumably for tender book for works). This means they will tender works for the rest of Comarnic-Brasov motorway next year.
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Old July 31st, 2015, 03:59 PM   #8415
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Brasov loses to Lausanne hosting of 2020 Winter Youth Olympics
31 Iul 2015, 15:35 • ENGLISH


Lausanne, the Swiss city where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is based, was chosen on Friday as the host of the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics, to the detriment of Brasov, the only other candidate city, during the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


The 2020 Winter Youth Olympics — which feature five winter sports — will be jointly organized together with France's Tuffes a Premanon resort.

The Swiss city pledged a budget of 42.2 million dollars, with 66pct representing public funds.

Brasov Mayor George Scripcariu told AGERPRES on Friday that his central Romania city's bid to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics has been hampered by the difficulty to provide appropriate transportation to and from Bucharest.

''We were disadvantaged by one thing, the eternal (...) Bucharest-Brasov [transportation] problem. We had proposed as a prospect, by 2020, the motorway and the airport, but those who live elsewhere doubted that the likelihood of advancing these projects was good enough. As mayor, I regret it, but just like in sports: you win — carry on; you lose — carry on," Scripcariu said. AGERPRES
http://www.agerpres.ro/sport/2015/07...tului-14-06-23
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Old July 31st, 2015, 07:57 PM   #8416
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6 months is a very narrow timeframe for a geological study of this magnitude, especially since the new version of the A3 Comarnic-Brasov will very likely include some long tunnels. As the Masterplan now states that the A3 is eligible for some european money, the project will have to be done by european standards, so no long viaducts above the river, no motorway twisting for kilometres on the valley floor from one river bank to another, no forests cut from one end to another with no wildlife corridors. A1 Pitesti-Sibiu originaly required 12 months for the hardest parts and was extended to 17 months. I'll bet you anything that this FS contract will also be prolongued by a similar amount.


Also, I secretly wonder if this contract is a legal backdoor way for CNADNR to obtain the study done by Vinci-Aktor-Strabag, since their version was much more future-proof, high speed, easy maintenance during the winter and eco-friendly. This idea first struck me since CNADNR recently only tendered the sections of the original FS that were unchanged in last-year's concession attempt: Comarnic by-pass (albeit with a temporary improvised ending) and Rasnov-Cristian
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Old July 31st, 2015, 08:19 PM   #8417
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''We were disadvantaged by one thing, the eternal (...) Bucharest-Brasov [transportation] problem. We had proposed as a prospect, by 2020, the motorway and the airport, but those who live elsewhere doubted that the likelihood of advancing these projects was good enough.
http://www.agerpres.ro/sport/2015/07...tului-14-06-23
The 2015 economic report of the German foreign chamber of commerce was published yesterday. It's only available in German but I think the English version should be available soon (e.g. the 2014 report is available).

Conclusion:

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Fazit: Unternehmen insgesamt zufrieden
Auch wenn zahlreiche deutsche Unternehmen mit einzelnen Standortfaktoren weiterhin unzufrieden sind, würden die meisten Rumänien als Investitionsstandort wieder wählen.
Gefragt, ob sie sich wieder für eine Investition in Rumänien entscheiden würden, antworteten 90% der befragten Manager mit JA.

Conclusion: Companies are satisfied
Although many German companies are unsatisfied with some location factors, most would choose Romania as an investment location again.
When asked if they would choose again for an investment in Romania, 90% of the managers said YES.
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Unzufriedenheit nicht nur seitens deutscher Investoren herrscht vor allem beim Thema Infrastruktur, besonders hinsichtlich der Verkehrsinfrastruktur. Zwar wurden 2014 noch 50 km Autobahn fertig gestellt, aber das ist noch immer viel zu wenig angesichts des enormen Nachholbedarfs. Rumänien steht mit nunmehr 700 km Autobahn auf einen der letzten Plätze in Europa. Das ist ein bedeutender Standortnachteil, was auch die Ergebnisse der Umfrage aufzeigen.

Not only German investors are unsatisfied about the infrastructure, especially with transport infrastructure. 50 km of new motorway have been completed in 2015 but that is still far too little given the enormous pent-up demand. Romania is still on one of the last positions in Europe with its 700 km motorway network. This is a significant disadvantage which is also shown by the survey results.
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Besonders im Bereich Verkehrsinfrastruktur hat sich in Rumänien seit der letzten Umfrage so gut wie nichts getan. So bleibt das Land am Ende der Rangliste unter den MOE-Ländern (Mittel-/Osteuropa), unverändert zum Vorjahr. Nur 6% der Befragten sind zufrieden, was die Infrastruktur in Rumänien betrifft, während 48% unzufrieden und 23% sogar sehr unzufrieden sind. Damit bleibt die Meinung der Unternehmen zu diesem Thema unverändert gegenüber der Umfrage 2014, wobei Rumänien seine Attraktivität durch Investitionen in die Infrastruktur, besonders in der Verkehrsinfrastruktur, um einiges steigern könnte.

Especially the transport infrastructure in Romania has not been changed since the previous survey. The country remains at the end of the ranking among the CEE countries(Central and Eastern European), unchanged from last year. Only 6% are satisfied with the Romanian infrastructure, while 48% are unsatisfied and 23% are even very unsatisfied. Thus, the opinion of the company on this issue remains unchanged compared to the 2014 survey. Romania could raise its attractiveness through investment in infrastructure, particularly in transport infrastructure.
The ranking of satisfaction(!!) is shown on page 8.

1. Lithuania
2. Estonia
3. Hungary
4. Poland
5. Croatia
6. Latvia
7. Slovenia
8. Czech Republic
9. Macedonia
10. Slovakia
11. Albania
12. Bulgaria
13. Serbia
14. Kosovo
15. Bosnia-Herzegovina
16. Romania

Other figures about satisfaction:

Business situation of your company: Romania no 6
Business development 2015 of your branch: Romania no 1
Suppression of corruption and crime: Romania no 4
Predictability of legal decisions: Romania no 6
Payment discipline: Romania no 7
Labor costs: Romania no 8
Motivation and productivity of employees: Romania no 7
Outlook for development of number of employees: Romania no 2
Flexibility of labor law: Romania no 8
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Infrastructure puts us on last spot. And mind you, the current government doesn't put infrastructure among its upcoming priorities ! Because we have elections next year, and so they are preparing to spend the budgetary excess income on populist measures such as VAT reduction and increased salaries for civil servants.

What's "Business development 2015 of your branch"?
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What's "Business development 2015 of your branch"?
2014 question (RO on position 7): How will the business situation of your industry develop this year compared to the previous year?

I don't care about details of the survey but Romania is always b/n position 1 and 8. There's only one exception: transport infrastructure; position 16 out of 16 countries.
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