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Old February 21st, 2008, 02:07 PM   #81
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809 km of new motorways this year?!
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Old February 21st, 2008, 07:04 PM   #82
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My (Romanian) intuition tells me the motorways in that plan have a snowball's chance in hell of getting completed before 2015 at least.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 07:33 PM   #83
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which sections are currently under construction?
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 10:16 AM   #84
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Romania : Upgrade of Motorways

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Romania's government has laid out plans to extend the motorway network by more than a third this year. This is part of a $19bn investment plan which will enlarge the system to almost 2000 km in the next seven years.

Romania currently has less than 300km of European-standard motorways as part of its 15,900 km "national road" network. This compares unfavourably with countries such as Hungary, a considerably smaller country in terms of both geographical size and population, which has around 650km of motorways.

A plan drawn up by the ministry of transport and the National Company for Motorways and National Roads in Romania (CNADNR) sets out details to extend Romania's motorway network to a total of 1950 km by the end of 2013, including 120 km this year. During this period, some $18.7bn will be invested, including $2.2bn from the EU.

The EU money will specifically be spent on developing motorways along the "Pan-European transport corridors" that have been highlighted as important but under-developed transcontinental routes, of which two pass through the country. One, corridor IX, runs from the Bulgarian border at Giurgiu through Romania, Moldova to Ukraine and Russia. The second, corridor IV, connects the western city of Timisoara with Hungary and Central Europe, and then divides into two different routes, one east through the southern Transylvanian city of Brasov to Bucharest and Constanta on the Black Sea, and the other south through Craiova to Bulgaria and the Aegean Sea.

As the EU corridors suggest, Romania lies at a key position in Europe, but does not have the matching transport infrastructure to unlock its full economic potential. A lack of investment and political squabbles over tenders has hamstrung progress since the fall of the Ceausescu regime in 1989. While Ceausescu completed the admittedly impressive Trans-Fagaras road across the country's highest mountain range and kept the basic transport infrastructure going, only two motorways were completed - the 110km A1 from Bucharest to Pitesti in the north-east and between Bucharest and Constanta, as part of the planned A2 "Sun Motorway".

Progress on extending the A2 has been intermittent. Around 150 km has been completed, and the full 204 km is expected to be operational by 2010. Given the country's economic crises and political turmoil in the 1990s, some delay is not surprising but has prevented the realisation of the port's planned potential and limited the region's economic development.

Meanwhile, another extremely important motorway project, the $10.5bn Autostrada Transilvania, has faced delays due to political issues surrounding the project, but will see two major stages completed this year. This 415km-long motorway will link Brasov, north of Bucharest, to Budapest and Central Europe. The contract was awarded to American firm Bechtel without tender in 2003 by the then socialist government, provoking criticism from European funding bodies. Work was suspended on the election of the Justice and Truth (DA) coalition the following year, but restarted in 2006, still under Bechtel's management. Sections close to the Hungarian border and south of the large city of Cluj Napoca are likely to be completed and operational by the end of this year while the whole road is scheduled to be finished by 2013.

The Autostrada Transilvania will connect with the Bucharest-Brasov motorway, on which construction commenced last year and which is expected to be fully operational by 2014.

The government's seven-year plan also foresees the construction of several other motorways. One will follow the eastern corridor IV route from Timisoara to Constanta; another will go north from the capital to the central city of Targu Mures, and from there to the Moldovan border at Iasi, though this stage of the project has a more tentative timeline. A link from Bucharest to Giurgiu should also be completed.

Several of the motorway projects in Romania, including the Autostrada Transilvana, are being constructed on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. This entails a contractor building the road on the government's behalf, and then operating it as a toll road until it has earned its contract fee, before passing it back into the government's hands. This is, of course, a convenient way to pass many expenses off the state balance sheet, but also encourages the contractor to ensure that the construction is swift, and the road well maintained.

For all the grand plans and optimism, the travails of the Romanian motorway network's development may not all be over. The government faces the hurdle of expropriating an estimated 9000 ha of land along the routes of the planned motorways. This is a difficult enough task in any country, given the problems of land valuation and local opposition. It is even more of a challenge in Romania, with its hazy post-communist land ownership deeds, bureaucracy and occasional but damaging corruption. The government must have the will to match its ambitions.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 10:17 AM   #85
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BUCHAREST - CONSTANTA Highway


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Old February 22nd, 2008, 03:58 PM   #86
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^ Interesting vid.

Romania, Poland and especially Cyprus have the funniest-looking motorway signs.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #87
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Arad-Deva Motorway ready by 2010





source (romanian) - http://www.evz.ro/articole/detalii-a...-gata-in-2010/
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 02:58 AM   #88
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A1 - Romania, March 2008

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Old March 2nd, 2008, 03:54 PM   #89
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Nice!

They should really install some decent overhead signs like in all other countries. And I also noticed the same problem as in Poland: one of the signs shows the distance to Nadlac (small border town)... I would put Szeged and/or Budapest instead.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 01:53 PM   #90
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Old March 5th, 2008, 09:55 PM   #91
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how many lanes will Arad-Deva motorway have ?
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Old March 17th, 2008, 03:30 AM   #92
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"Romania currently has less than 300km of European-standard motorways as part of its 15,900 km "national road" network. This compares unfavourably with countries such as Hungary, a considerably smaller country in terms of both geographical size and population, which has around 650km of motorways."

Today Hungary's operational motorway network is over 1000 km-s long, and there are about 200 km-s u/c. See first page of Hungarian thread.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 07:49 PM   #93
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Serbia is planning a link to Timişoara from Belgrad, I do not know the exact planned route of that motorway. So that motorway would become a direct link between Buchurest and Belgrad.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 11:59 PM   #94
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Here are some pics of A2 Motorway:

Sign on the on-ramp form the ring road



Bridge over the ring road at the junction





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Old April 7th, 2008, 12:12 AM   #95
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And some pictures with the recently built bridges on DN1 near Bucharest:


Roundabout under bridge no. 1. Exit to Shopping Center, future mall and business offices





Short segment between the two bridges with 10 lanes of traffic (2x5)



Very very very small sign with speed limits



Bridge no. 2. Exit to another Business Center.
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Old April 7th, 2008, 01:23 AM   #96
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What about Motorway Ringroad of Bucharest ? I know there is one Ring Road already, it is road DN100 if I'm correct.
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You are right. The current ring road is DN100, or CB as written on some signs. It is an obsolete road with 2x1 lanes that is full of heavy traffic almost every day. It is, in my oppinion, the shame of Romania as an EU country, today. However, they are starting to upgrade it to expressway standards as i heard. That is 2x2 lanes and bridges on all the junctions with the radial roads that leave Bucharest.
In fact the lack of bridges on the road is the main problem today. Neverending queues on the ring road are formed due to this factor. There are only a few bridges today over the railroads or at the main roads/motorway junctions.

Plans have been made to build a second ring, at motorway standards. At first the northern segment will be built thus connectiv A1 to A2 and the future A3 Bucharest - Brasov motorway... When will that be functional, i do not know. Maybe in 3 years time.

When all these plans will become reality, Bucharest will have in fact 3 ring roads. The Motorway, the current upgraded to expressway and the inner ring road which will circle arround the city center. That will be the day!
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Great job !I like your motorways and the signs are great
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Old April 8th, 2008, 12:35 AM   #99
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Are there any pics from A1 before any rehabilitation ?
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What about Motorway Ringroad of Bucharest ? I know there is one Ring Road already, it is road DN100 if I'm correct.
Or CB (Centura Bucureşti):
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