Rehabilitating the DN1H between Zalau and Alesd

The ‘Rehabilitation of national road DN1H Zalau – Alesd’ project aims to modernise and repair 69 334 km of the DN1H national road to provide high quality transport infrastructure for the counties of Salaj and Bihor.

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This project addresses one of the last remaining sections of road to be tackled as part of the wider rehabilitation programme for Romania's trans-European transport network (TEN-T) roads. The road is located in the north-west development region, connecting the cities of Zalau and Alesd and leading towards the TEN-T northern exit to Hungary.

Raising the standard of road and infrastructure

The project, which will raise this section of the DN1H to the standards required for TEN-T roads, begins at the DN1H intersection with DN1 in Alesd city, county of Bihor and ends at the intersection with DN1F in Hereclean town, just outside Zalau in Salaj County.

It will rehabilitate this section to a standard two-lane road, maximum of 10 metres wide. The project will also include a number of other improvement works along this stretch of road, including: the building of three new bridges; the rehabilitation of four bridges; the rehabilitation or building of 110 culverts and the creation of two long-term parking facilities.

The rehabilitated road will be managed by CNADNR SA (National Company for Motorways and National Roads of Romania S A) and will therefore be under direct public management.

Benefits for the entire region

It is hoped that the project will impact road users on a number of levels. Predicted benefits include; an estimated 20% reduction in serious and fatal accidents between Zalau and Alesd; an estimated reduction in travel time from 99 minutes to 77 minutes between Zalau and Alesd and an estimated reduction of 18.8% in the maintenance costs of the infrastructure.

The project will benefit users of the transport network between Alesd to Zalau, local communities and public services in general in the project area. Overall, the improved accessibility provided by the rehabilitation will benefit the entire population and businesses of the Salaj and Bihor counties (approx. 846,417 inhabitants).

Additionally, the project will see new jobs created in the region – 250 jobs, lasting an average of two years,  will be created during the implementation phase while four jobs, lasting an average of two and a half years, will be created during the operation phase.

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