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Old February 7th, 2010, 10:05 PM   #1061
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Construction of Bucharest"s suspended motorway to begin this year
04.02.2010

The construction of the first segment of the suspended motorway will begin this year, the mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu announced yesterday. The segment in question has over 7.5 km in length and will be built on pillars in the Northern area of Bucharest, with the following route: the junction with the future Bucharest - Braşov highway, the Petricani and Pipera highways, Avionului street and Aerogării boulevard.

Mr. Oprescu also said the following yesterday in a press conference: "There will be no need for expropriations for this route, as it is parallel to the railroad tracks. The project is compliant with all of the construction norms imposed by the Romanian Railway Company (CFR) for protecting railroad traffic. I will initiate this project this year, either by means of a public-private partnership, or by resorting to bank financing or European funds". The suspended highway will cross Bucharest towards the West, and will join the Bucharest - Piteşti highway, through Elena Văcărescu, DN1, Poligrafiei, Calea Griviţei, Calea Giuleşti and the Ciurel lake.

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Old February 7th, 2010, 10:08 PM   #1062
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What's up with the word "suspended". I guess this ring road will not be a continuous string of suspension bridges, but just a mostly elevated structure. "Suspended" can also mean it is temporarily canceled. A suspended driver's license for example means the police took a license so one is not allowed to drive.

Anyhow "suspended" just sounds weird in this case.
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Old February 7th, 2010, 10:16 PM   #1063
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You are right. Those who made the translation are just poor technical translators...in Romanian, elevated structures are referred to as "structuri suspendate", hence the idiom "suspended motorway". It's a so called "false friend". "Suspended" in Romanian means both elevated and interrupted, depending on the context...
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Old February 7th, 2010, 11:45 PM   #1064
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As for the elevated motorway of Mr. Oprescu, I think it will really be a suspended one.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 10:05 AM   #1065
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Blocked roads because of snow in and around Bucuresti

Also today several roads are blocked in and around Bucuresti:

DN1 around Comarnic is blocked;
DN3 around Lehliu is blocked;

Important roads from Bucuresti to Constanta are blocked;
And partial de A1 Pitesti-Bucuresti is blocked.

On DN3 around Lehliu there are still several cars trapped in the snow.

It snows today slightly, but due to the wind roads get loaded every time again with a lot of snow.

Succes in that regions if you are on your way to your work.

In Transylvania everything is calm today.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 11:11 AM   #1066
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It was crazy around and in Bucharest the other day. It snowed almost half a meter in about 24 hours!

Just came on A1 yesterday before they closed it!
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Old February 8th, 2010, 09:20 PM   #1067
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Bechtel Autostrada Transylvania Episode 39.989.....

Bechtel: We need about 300 million euros this year to resume works on Transilvania motorway

American company Bechtel plans to continue building Transilvania motorway if the necessary funds will be made available, Bechtel communication manager Bogdan Sgarcitu told HotNews.ro. According to him, the main impediment is the Romanian 2010 state budget, which did not insure that funds will be made available to resume the construction of the highway. For the 10 km from section 2B, between Turda and Campia Turzii, around 100 million euros will be necessary, while for the section 3C, namely 40 km between Suplacu de Barcau and Bors, the construction requires nearly 200 million euros. The works on section 2B are very likely to be carried out, but section 3C remains unaddressed.

"In the current conditions, works will resume on the 10 km between Turda and Campia Turzii, obviously in a limited rhythm due to weather conditions. (...).I don't know what is going to happen for section 3C", Sgarcitu said. The 2B section works will resume in the hope that funds will be found eventually. According to him, the budget rectification might offer a solution. Another solution for funding would be a credit guaranteed by the state, but the Romanian Finance Ministry excluded it on account that it would affect the budget deficit, Bechtel's spokesperson indicated.

"Both the PM and the other ministers, including Bechtel, are looking for finance solutions. We have talks with foreign banks", Sgarcitu added. In the days to come, the company will discuss with the unions and will announce how many workers will keep their jobs. Bechtel representatives have met with union members on Monday, February 8, during the Social Dialogue Commission. The negotiations between the American company and the unions are on for the week.

Bechtel announced last week that it intended to reduce works at the Transilvania motorway and was considering collective redundancies because it has not received the money that the Romanian National Company for Highways and National Roads (CNADNR) owed them. In the meantime, CNADNR said that the sum they owe, namely 214 million euros, will be paid in instalments until April. Dorina Tiron, CNADNR general manager, told HotNews.ro that the money included in Romania's 2010 state budget for the construction of the motorway are only sufficient to pay up last year's debt. As for financing solutions, state authorities proposed a public-private partnership.

On December 1 2010, Bechtel cut the red tape of Transylvania motorway's first 42 kilometres, on the Turda-Gilau sector 2B. On the 2010 agenda, the plan is to conclude the 10 kilometres between Turda and Campia Turzii and half of the 3C section Suplacu de Barcau-Bors. The Transilvania Motorway project between Brasov - Bors began in 2004, after the Romanian state gave a 2.2 billion euros contract to Bechtel without auctioning. The motorway has four strips and 415 km.

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At least Bechtel will not walk away.........
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Old February 9th, 2010, 04:04 PM   #1068
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Soap Opera meets Reality Show meets Infrastructure Development.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #1069
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Bechtel knows how to put pressure on the government ... most often blackmails with laying off people who in turn react and call the government in. As in the article I posted before, the solution will be that Bechtel will come with the financing and the government will provide the guarantees for the loans.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 11:45 AM   #1070
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Five cities will miss funding for beltways

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Vijf steden lopen ringwegen mis

De Nationale Wegenmaatschappij (CNADNR) is er niet in geslaagd 225 miljoen dollar binnen te halen, die was bedoeld voor verbetering van de infrastructuur in Roemenië, met name voor ringwegen om vijf steden. Het bedrag is al in 2006 toegezegd door de Wereldbank. Slechts 20% is daadwerkelijk uitgekeerd. De bank heeft vorig jaar de deadline voor het indienen van de projectplannen nog verlengd, maar 31 december 2009 is ook die tweede deadline verlopen. Volgens CNADNR zijn de plannen op de plank blijven liggen bij het ministerie van Transport. Het gaat om ringwegen om Bacău, Târgu Mureş, Reghin en Medias. Alleen in Braşov is een deel van de ringweg aangelegd met het toegezegde geld.
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Five cities will miss funding for beltways

The national road authorities (CNADNR) did not succeed in getting 225 million dollar, which was ment for improvements for the infrastructure in Romania, especially for beltways of five cities. The amount was already promissed by the Worldbank in 2006. Only 20% has been really given. The bank has changed the deadline for applying plans of projects, but also the second deadline of 31st of December '09 has been passed. The CNADNR has said that the plans were catching dust at the Ministery of Transport. It is about beltways for Bacău, Târgu Mureş, Reghin and Medias. Only in Brasov a part of the beltway has been financed with the money.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 06:46 PM   #1071
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Another confirmation that our politicians are retardedly stupid (forgive the pleonasm used for emphasis)
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Old February 12th, 2010, 07:53 PM   #1072
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Five cities will miss funding for beltways

The national road authorities (CNADNR) did not succeed in getting 225 million dollar, which was ment for improvements for the infrastructure in Romania, especially for beltways of five cities. The amount was already promissed by the Worldbank in 2006. Only 20% has been really given. The bank has changed the deadline for applying plans of projects, but also the second deadline of 31st of December '09 has been passed. The CNADNR has said that the plans were catching dust at the Ministery of Transport. It is about beltways for Bacău, Târgu Mureş, Reghin and Medias. Only in Brasov a part of the beltway has been financed with the money.
I do not know whether following the IMF agreement from last year, the government is allowed to take loans from any institution anymore.

The easiest reaction is to blame the government, but we really don't know what is the cause of this really annoying situation. It is too flagrant to blame it all even on the Romania government IMO. You know how they are trying to go around the interdiction to cause more debt with other loans except for the IMF one (and one example is the Comarnic-Brasov PPP).
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Old February 12th, 2010, 07:56 PM   #1073
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Bucharest-Ploiesti Motorway Segment 50% Finished – Romanian PM

Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc said Friday, during a visit to Ploiesti, southern Romania, that construction works on the Bucharest-Ploiesti highway segment are 50% finished, adding he hopes works will be entirely completed by the end of the year.

Boc said the Bucharest-Ploiesti motorway is divided into two segments, namely Bucharest-Moara Vlasiei (19.5 kilometers) and Moara Vlasiei-Ploiesti (42.5 kilometers), adding works are due for completion in 2010.

The prime minister also said authorities plan to set off construction works on the Comarnic-Brasov motorway segment and upgrade works on national road 71, linking Sinaia to Targoviste.

Mid-January 2010, Romanian Transport Minister Radu Berceanu, French construction group Vinci and Greek construction company Aktor signed a lease-based construction contract for the highway segment linking Comarnic to Brasov in central Romania.

Construction works on the Comarnic-Brasov highway will be finished until January 2014 and will cost Romania EUR4.8 billion.
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BTW: I read that the PPP agreement for the Comarnic-Brasov motorway segment provides for 110.000 EUROS fine to the Consortium for each pothole that remains unfixed for 11 days.
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Wasn't A3 Bucuresti - Ploiesti partially constructed with six lanes?
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Yes, it was (planned with 6 lanes), but they postponed the 3-rd lane until the construction of A5. It's not necessary IMO for the coming years, and would've burdened the budget unnecessarily. There's already a very good road at 2x3 or 2x2 (DN1) which goes parallel to this section of Bucharest-Ploiesti motorway.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 11:52 AM   #1076
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Hi guys, I'm new around here and interested in the topic.

I've got some news regarding Autostrada Transilvania (bad news actually). It seems like all works on 3C segment were halted and works continue only on the 10kms between Turda and Campia Turzii - though with a considerably downsized workforce of roughly 400 personnel.
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Wasn't A3 Bucuresti - Ploiesti partially constructed with six lanes?
The motorway is build with three lanes from the start between Bucharest and Moara Vlasiei(km 18.5), which in my opinion is sufficient for the next 20 years.
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Is there a lot of commuting traffic from outside the Bucuresti urban area? I mean, Bucuresti does have a lot of villages around it, but I haven't spot many suburban cities yet like you see in France or North America.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 12:43 PM   #1079
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Is there a lot of commuting traffic from outside the Bucuresti urban area? I mean, Bucuresti does have a lot of villages around it, but I haven't spot many suburban cities yet like you see in France or North America.
Yes, there is a lot of commuting traffic coming especially from the northern side of the city, and this traffic is growing each year. Mostly now, when the northern area outside Bucharest became a building bonanza (or at least it was, until the recession) for the real estate developers. But I know people commuting every day even from Ploieşti, 65 km far of Bucharest. Still, all those people are using cars or small buses to reach Bucharest and the National Route 1 (4 lanes) is already a very busy road. Unfortunately, the Bucharest railway ring built by the communists is still laying in ruins, and it seems no mayor of the city or Minister of Transports isn't yet interested to rebuild it.
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Is there a lot of commuting traffic from outside the Bucuresti urban area? I mean, Bucuresti does have a lot of villages around it, but I haven't spot many suburban cities yet like you see in France or North America.
I think A3 won't attract much commuter traffic, as the existent villages are placed mostly on existing national roads radiating from Bucharest, and these roads will still be more convenient for many. And A3 will have only two exits after Bucharest bypass, at Moara Vlasiei(km 19) and Snagov(km 24). Each of these two exits will serve about 10000-15000 people living in the nearby villages. So maximum 3-4000 cars/day are to be expected on the motorway from the commuting process. With the ones from Ploiesti maybe 5000 cars.
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