On the road to better transport infrastructure

The upgrading of a main highway in Romania looks set to benefit local communities and businesses by cutting journey times and reducing accident rates.

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This investment will be used to rehabilitate a 127.1 km stretch of road between Alexandria and Craiova, which forms part of national road No.6 linking Bucharest with Cenad near the Hungarian border. The road also provides a vital link to the so-called TEN-T network, the EU scheme designed to improve the transport system across Europe. Two smaller but complementary projects will be carried out at the same time – the construction of by-passes for Caracal and Alexandria.

Upgrading the road is expected to bring about a 20 % reduction in accident rates between Alexandria and Craiova. In addition, the work should reduce average journey times between the two towns from 149 minutes to 102 minutes.

The people and businesses of southern and south western Romania will be the main project beneficiaries. In particular, the 1.6 million people who live in Dolj, Olt and Teleorman counties can look forward to improved accessibility to the road network.

Key investments

As well as rehabilitating the two-lane highway so it can manage 11.5 tonne/axle loads, the project will build 17 bridges along with 79 new or rehabilitated culverts and six car parks. About 350 people will be employed through the project during the implementation phase. The finished road will be publicly managed by CNADNR SA, the National Company for Motorways and National Roads of Romania.

Total and EU funding

The project “Rehabilitation of NR6 Alexandria - Craiova” has a total eligible budget of EUR 228 240 000, with the Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 184 230 000 million for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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