Rolling out faster and safer road transport

A new motorway will halve journey times between the cities of Arad and Timişoara in western Romania. It forms part of the northern branch of Europe’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

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The two-lane road will have a total length of more than 44 km. Revenue for its operation and maintenance will be raised by tolls, under a strategy developed under the same project.

Motorway and by-pass

The project involves the design, supervision and construction of a new motorway from Arad to Timişoara. It is located in the west part of Romania, in the historical province of Banat, mainly within the borders of Arad and Timiş counties.

Of the total 44.5 km of road, 32.25 km will be motorway between the cities of Arad and Timisoara; the remaining 12.25 km will cover the by-pass around Arad. Construction will include 20 bridges and passes, five interchanges, and two maintenance centres and service areas.

The Arad by-pass starts from the crossing with national road 7, close to the western side of the city’s industrial district, and ends at the crossing with the national road 69 around one kilometre from the city. The Arad to Timisoara motorway starts from the interchange with the national road 69 and ends at the crossing with the road 691 (Timisoara to Lipova), with the first interchange for access to the motorway from the Timisoara side.

Enhanced mobility

The Arad to Timişoara motorway will especially benefit local drivers and communities, as well as public services. It will also improve mobility for the approximately 1.1 million inhabitants and many businesses across the project area. Since this stretch of road forms part of the northern branch of TEN-T (‘Priority Axis no. 7’), which crosses the national territory of Romania from Nădlac to Constanţa, it will ultimately be a key link in a major pan-European route.

Experts reckon the motorway will speed up users’ journeys considerably, cutting the average travel time between Arad and Timişoara from 64 to 33 minutes. It should also result in accidents between the same two cities falling by up to 76%, and a 7% reduction in vehicle (user) operating costs.

Draft date

30/03/2011