New motorway benefits entire region

The construction of a new motorway between the Romanian cities of Timisoara and Lugoj will dramatically cut journey times and improve accessibility to both urban centres for thousands of local people.

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The project is for the design and construction of a 25.6 km double-lane motorway and a 9.5 km bypass for the city of Timisoara. The comprehensive programme of works also includes 13 bridges/passages, 19 overpasses, two interchanges and three service/rest areas. The Timisoara bypass will start at the interchange with county road CR691, then it will run approximately 1 km north of Giarmata before joining the new motorway.

Cutting journey times

When the new motorway opens, average journey times between the two cities are expected to come down from 41.5 minutes to about 18 minutes. Motorists can expect to enjoy increased travel speeds, which will move up to an average of 115 km/hour.

In addition to those travelling between Timisoara and Lugoj, communities along the route and public services will benefit from the road upgrade. Accessibility to the two cities will be improved for the entire region, especially the 687 000 residents of Timis County.

The motorway forms part of the EU’s trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), namely TEN-T Priority Axis No7 which crosses Romania from Nadlac to Constanta, taking in Bucharest. The TEN-T programme is improving transport infrastructures throughout Europe in order to make it easier for people and goods to travel across EU Member States.

This project is expected to create 750 jobs during the implementation phase and 50 jobs when the road opens. In due course, some technical adaptations are likely to be introduced to the project so that the road can accommodate a system of tolls. Romania is committed to bringing in tolls on new motorways to offset operational and maintenance costs.

Total and EU funding

The project “Construction of Timisoara - Lugoj motorway and Timisoara bypass at the motorway level” has a total eligible budget of EUR 305 540 349, with the EU’s Cohesion fund contributing EUR 210 925 318 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The project is funded through the priority “Modernisation and development of TEN-T priority axis aiming at sustainable national transport system integrated with EU transport networks” of the Operational Programme “Transport”.

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