Motorway will bring major benefits

A new stretch of motorway linking the Romanian cities of Lugoj and Dumbrava will speed up journey times and cut accidents.

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The project provides for the design, supervision and construction of a 27.47 km stretch of new motorway, along with an 11.43 km link road for the city of Lugoj. The work forms part of a wider scheme to build a motorway link between Lugoj and Deva.

Local communities and public services will benefit most from the Lugoj-Dumbrava project, which is expected to cut accident rates by more than 62 % and reduce average travel times between the two urban centres from 31 minutes to 20 minutes. There will also be wider benefits for the West Development Region of Romania, particularly Timis country whose 687 377 inhabitants can expect to enjoy improved accessibility to the road network.

Investing in infrastructure

The new motorway section begins at the intersection with the 609A county road and ends at the Dumbrava interchange. In addition to the new stretches of road, the project’s construction itinerary includes five bridges, one viaduct, four interchanges, a maintenance centre, and a parking and service area.

The new motorway forms part of the EU-backed trans-European transport network (TEN-T), which has been developed to improve transport infrastructure across the continent.

The National Company for Motorways and National Roads of Romania S.A. (CNADNR SA) will provide direct public management of the completed motorway. The Romanian authorities intend to introduce tolls on their new motorways, which will help pay for operational and maintenance costs.

Work on the Lugoj to Dumbrava road is expected to generate 1 500 jobs during the implementation phase, and a further 90 posts during exploitation.

Total and EU funding

The project “Construction of Lugoj - Deva motorway (section Lugoj - Dumbrava)” has a total eligible budget of EUR 208 704 829, with the EU’s Cohesion fund contributing EUR 177 399 105 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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