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Old August 16th, 2010, 02:07 PM   #1561
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Does anyone know if the road is open for the full length? Two years ago there were still construction works blocking it - you had to stop your car at some point (and start walking)
I mentioned only about 45 km of 60 in total are paved, the rest is U/C now, but all cars have access to the unpaved sections. Preferably you go on the unpaved section by 4x4 car cause it's bumpy. A better alternative is motorbike or bike. Go to Ranca by car (the road is fully completed to Ranca, and even beyond for about 10 km), get a room there (about 15-20 EUR/night in a tourist villa), leave your car and go by foot or by mountain bike (ideally).
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Old August 16th, 2010, 08:02 PM   #1562
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You are welcome. Please follow the trip report I'll post later on about this road.

BTW: Where have you been in Romania so far?
1998 = Bucuresti
2001 = Bucuresti + "some" Siebenbürgen ( Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov )
2002 = the same trip as 2001, different friends
2008 = Northern part of Romania - off the beaten track: Maramures (wooden churches of Budesti, Surdesti) and Southern Bucovina with monastiries and Suceava, Radauti and small village Cacica (Kaczyki) with Polish minority; Bicaz Gorges, and Lacu Rosu which is not pink.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 08:09 PM   #1563
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1998 = Bucuresti
2001 = Bucuresti + "some" Siebenbürgen ( Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov )
2002 = the same trip as 2001, different friends
2008 = Northern part of Romania - off the beaten track: Maramures (wooden churches of Budesti, Surdesti) and Southern Bucovina with monastiries and Suceava, Radauti and small village Cacica (Kaczyki) with Polish minority; Bicaz Gorges, and Lacu Rosu which is not pink.
You still have a long list to go.

Let's hope in the mean time we'll have some new motorways in place. And some rehabilitated roads so that people like you CAN actually do some decent tourism here. Make sure you tell us when you'll be back, we'll give you some tips & tricks.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 10:15 AM   #1564
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1998 = Bucuresti
2001 = Bucuresti + "some" Siebenbürgen ( Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov )
2002 = the same trip as 2001, different friends
2008 = Northern part of Romania - off the beaten track: Maramures (wooden churches of Budesti, Surdesti) and Southern Bucovina with monastiries and Suceava, Radauti and small village Cacica (Kaczyki) with Polish minority; Bicaz Gorges, and Lacu Rosu which is not pink.
Thanks. You are quite a traveller here. But you have yet to see a lot of places.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 12:52 PM   #1565
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1998 = Bucuresti
2001 = Bucuresti + "some" Siebenbürgen ( Sibiu, Sighisoara, Brasov )
2002 = the same trip as 2001, different friends
2008 = Northern part of Romania - off the beaten track: Maramures (wooden churches of Budesti, Surdesti) and Southern Bucovina with monastiries and Suceava, Radauti and small village Cacica (Kaczyki) with Polish minority; Bicaz Gorges, and Lacu Rosu which is not pink.


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A statue of Pope John Paul II is unveiled at Roman Catholic church in Cacica
Monday, 16 August 2010 10:52

The statue of Pope John Paul II was unveiled at the Roman Catholic church in Cacica (northern Romania). The bronze statue is made in Poland with financing from some town halls in the Silezia voivodeship, twinned with the Suceava county (northern Romania).

The event takes place ten years after Pope John Paul II granted the title of Basilica Minor to the Roman Catholic church in Cacica at the request of Iasi Bishop Monsignor Petru Gherghel.

Archbishop Primate of Poland Henryk Muszynsky and a delegation from Czestochowa comprised of three Pauline priests, who restored the Black Madonna after more than 200 years, attended the celebration in Cacica. Bishop of Chisinau Monsignor Anton Cosa and Auxiliary Bishop of Iasi Aurel Perca also attended the celebration.

Thousands of pilgrims from Romania and abroad prayed to the Black Madonna icon within the Shrine of Our Lady in Cacica on Saturday and Sunday, when the Christians celebrated the feast of the Assumption.
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another reason to visit Romania again !
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Old August 17th, 2010, 05:28 PM   #1567
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Pictures from Transilvania Motorway - Section 3c (54 km) Suplacu de Barcau-Bors (Hungarian Border):

To be opened in 2011-2012.















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Pictures from Transilvania Motorway - Section 2b (11 km) Campia Turzii-Turda:

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July-August update on Constanta motorway by-pass (22,2 km):

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A3 viaduct section crossing DN1 near PLoiesti U/C:

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Old August 17th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #1571
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motorway in Bihar is impressive;
maybe Romania doesn`t have developed motorway network (comparing to BG or SRB), but it`s very optimistic that they are able to open long sections at once (54km near Oradea, about ?40 near Cluj); it`s rare even is bigger and richer Poland
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I think the A3 between Bors and Suplacu won't have much traffic until the section between Suplacu and Gilau is built. After leaving the motorway at Suplacu, the traffic will have to take DN 1H and 1F through many villages, the bigger town of Zalau, and the steep Meses (?) pass to Cluj, then go through Cluj to reach Gilau... It will be much longer both in speed and distance than taking the old DN 1. When is the Suplacu-Gilau section is planned to be built?
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motorway in Bihar is impressive;
maybe Romania doesn`t have developed motorway network (comparing to BG or SRB), but it`s very optimistic that they are able to open long sections at once (54km near Oradea, about ?40 near Cluj); it`s rare even is bigger and richer Poland
Next year, they should be opening about 55 km of A2 (near Constanta), 22 km of A4 (Constanta motorway by-pass), 60 km (or more) of A3 (Bucharest-Ploiesti + some sections near the Hungarian border), and possibly 55 km of A1 (Timisoara-Arad).
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New bridge linking Constanta Port to A2 motorway started construction works:

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State secretary with the Transport Ministry Marin Anton on Monday inaugurated construction works on a new road bridge over the Danube-Black Sea canal, in the couth-eastern county of Constanta, which will be located downstream the Agigea lock.

Spokesperson for the National Constanta Maritime Port Administration (CNAPMC) Monica Velicu says the bridge, an investment project worth nearly 23 million euros, was initiated in 2005 and its construction now is secured by structural funds under the European Union’s Transport Sectoral Operational Programme.

The project is included in Romania’s programme for the upgrading and development of national transport infrastructure outside the TEN-T priority axes for the development of a sustainable national transport system.

‘Works include the construction of the bridge, which will be located downstream the Agigea lock, access viaducts, access ways to the port and a junction with the ring-road of Constanta City, as well as railway level crossings, parking lots and the buildings at gates 7 and 10 of the port,’ said Velicu.

The new 900-m long bridge, with a 100-m span, over the canal is designed to ease up heavy traffic in the central parts of Constanta City. The investment, which is expected to complete in one year, is said to bring the added advantage of linking the southern parts of the Constanta Port to the Bucharest-Constanta motorway, as well as linking the two parts of the port and discarding heavy traffic in downtown Constanta.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 11:02 PM   #1575
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I think the A3 between Bors and Suplacu won't have much traffic until the section between Suplacu and Gilau is built. After leaving the motorway at Suplacu, the traffic will have to take DN 1H and 1F through many villages, the bigger town of Zalau, and the steep Meses (?) pass to Cluj, then go through Cluj to reach Gilau... It will be much longer both in speed and distance than taking the old DN 1. When is the Suplacu-Gilau section is planned to be built?
I think you are right. The section in between Suplacu and Gilau is one of the most difficult parts of Transylvania Motorway since the section goes through some mountain area, and traffic in between Suplacu and Bors will not warrant that section unless linked with Cluj and further to Brasov. But there is speculation that the next target of works on Transylvania Motorway will be precisely this section. Next month, there will be an agreement between the Government and Bechtel and there are hopes they'll reach an agreement for financing this part. This way, there is hope for completing Bors-Cluj by 2014.

The other sections all the way to Brasov are still unclear given the fact that the government currently lacks the necessary funds to finance additional works in between Campia Turzii and Brasov. But the Americans are reasonable and there is hope for a deal for this section.
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Just a quick correction, Suplacu de Barcau - Bors is 64km-long and works were conducted only on a 35km-long segment.
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I am not very sure about the length. I calculated it from the project's website using the distances on the map.
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motorway in Bihar is impressive;
That viaduct is 1.8 km in length and is going to cruise over a future lake*. The plan is to flood the valley and turn the viaduct into a bridge over the future lake.



* The scope of the future lake is to prevent flooding of the area by taking in potential water excess.
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I am not very sure about the length. I calculated it from the project's website using the distances on the map.
According to CNADNR Suplacu de Barcău - Borş section is 64 km long

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Secţiunea 3C, Suplacu de Barcău - Borş

Fişa tehnică
Lungime (km) 64.00 km
Finanţare Bugetul de stat
Valoarea estimată a proiectului 245,34 Mil Euro
Proiectant Bechtel International Inc.; Subproiectant : SC IPTANA SA
Consultant JV Egis Route Scetauroute/BCEOM (Franţa);
Constructor Bechtel International Inc. & ENKA Insaat ve Sanayi A.S
Lucrări de artă -
Termen începere 30.09.2004
Termen estimat finalizare 28.02.2010
Perioadă garanţie 24 luni

Stadiul actual Stadiul fizic al lucrărilor este de 36.59 %.
here are the lengths for all the sections

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Din raţiuni constructive, Proiectul a fost împărţit în 8 segmente, după cum urmează:

* Secţiunea 1A, Braşov-Făgăraş (53 km)
* Secţiunea 1B, Făgăraş-Sighişoara (52 km)
* Secţiunea 1C, Sighişoara-Ogra (56 km)
* Secţiunea 2A, Ogra-Câmpia Turzii (37 km)
* Secţiunea 2B, Câmpia Turzii-Cluj Vest (54 km)
* Secţiunea 3A, Cluj Vest–Mihăileşti (24 km)
* Secţiunea 3B, Mihăileşti-Suplacu de Barcău (76 km)
* Secţiunea 3C, Suplacu de Barcău-Borş (64 km)

Fiecare din cele 8 segmente ale Proiectului va începe şi se va încheia cu un nod rutier, astfel încât să poată fi deschis traficului imediat dupa execuţie.

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Pictures from Transilvania Motorway - Section 2b (11 km) Campia Turzii-Turda:

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Transylvania Motorway’s 2B section, completed in November

Premier Emil Boc stated yesterday that Transylvania Highway’s 12-kilometer 2B section stretching from Turda to Campia Turzii will be completed in November so that heavy traffic between the two towns will be eliminated, allowing the distance to be traveled in 10 minutes instead of 45 minutes, Mediafax informs. The premier pointed out that the outstanding debts that the Romanian state still owes Bechtel for the works it has already done on the highway will be paid in Q1 of 2011.
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