New motorway will bring major regional benefits

The construction of a new four-lane motorway between Orastie and Sibiu promises to cut journey times and reduce accidents while providing local people with improved access to Romania’s road network.

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Along with those travelling to and from Orastie and Sibiu, project beneficiaries will include surrounding local communities and the public services. The people and businesses of the Central and West Development Regions of Romania will benefit from improved accessibility, especially those living in the counties of Hunedoara, Alba and Sibiu which together have a population of about 1 300 000. The scheme is expected to reduce traffic accidents between Orastie and Sibiu by 20 %, and cut journey times between the two cities from 71 minutes to 56 minutes.

The new 82 km stretch of motorway will begin at the crossing point with County Road No 705 where it connects with the Orastie-Deva bypass and ends at the intersection with County Road 406B. The scheme also covers construction of nine bridges, three viaducts, eight interchanges, two maintenance areas and four parking and service areas. Once opened, the motorway will be run as a toll road, which will help to cover operating and maintenance costs.

European network

The Orastie-Sibiu motorway will form part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) route running through Romania from Nadlac to Constanta, taking in Arad, Timisoara, Lugoj, Deva, Orastie, Sibiu, Pitesti, Bucharest and Cernavoda. The EU-funded TEN-T network is being developed to improve transport links and infrastructure so that people and goods can move more easily between EU Member States.

The new motorway comes under public management through CNADNR SA, the National Company for Motorways and National Roads of Romania. The project is expected to create 1 500 jobs during the implementation phase and 90 posts when the road is in use.

Total and EU funding

The project “Construction of Orastie - Sibiu motorway” has a total eligible budget of EUR 600 180 280, with the EU’s Cohesion fund contributing EUR 510 180 238 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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