New bypass improves road safety and cuts travel times in Suceava
EU funding is contributing to the construction of a new bypass around the city of Suceava in north-eastern Romania. The single carriageway bypass is just less than 12.43 km in length and has a design speed, used to determine the various features of the road such as curves, crests, cambers and banking, of 80 km/h.
The Suceava bypass forms part of the Trans-European Transport Network's Baltic-Adriatic corridor and its construction should lead to a reduction in the number of road traffic accidents in and around Suceava. In addition, the road reduces the time needed to travel between the southern and northern parts of the city from around 26 minutes to approximately 13 minutes.
A wide array of related road infrastructure
The bypass leaves national road DN2, which links Bucharest with the north-east of Romania, to the south of Suceava. It bypasses the city to the west and has junctions with county road DJ209C and national road DN17, before rejoining national road DN2 to the north of the city.
Related infrastructure constructed under the project includes ditches, gutters and drainage systems, 36 culverts allowing water to flow under the road, two parking areas, side roads and access roads, road markings and signalling such as traffic lights. A total of 18 bridges and overpasses, four junctions, one island to separate lanes of traffic and five lighting systems are also being installed.
The investment is providing Suceava with a smarter and more environmentally friendly transport system, and better connections. The main beneficiaries of the new infrastructure are local and international road network users, the inhabitants of Suceava and the public services in the region.
A city with a rich history
Suceava is the largest city in and seat of Suceava County, in the Bukovina region of north-eastern Romania. It was the capital of the Principality of Moldavia from 1388 to 1565.
Today, Suceava has a population of approximately 92 000. It is home to several medieval sites including the Suceava Citadel, built in the late 14th century and located on the eastern edge of the city, the ruins of the former court of the Principality of Moldavia in the city centre, and the Șcheia Fortress which sits on a hilltop to the north-west of the modern city.
These sites are administered by the Bukovina Museum which has several departments, including a history museum and the Bukovina Village Museum, an open-air museum highlighting the region's cultural and architectural heritage.
Suceava is also home to several Romanian Orthodox churches, notably the Church of St George in the St John the New Monastery. It is one of eight Romanian Orthodox churches in Suceava County which are collectively listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Construction of Suceava bypass” is EUR 51 723 997, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 43 965 398 through the “Transport” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period.