Upgrading key road brings improvements to safety and accessibility

The rehabilitation of a 68.7 km-long stretch of the DN66 (E79) national road in south western Romania promises to improve road safety and cut journey times.

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This investment raises the standard of the DN66 between Rovinari and Petroşani. The work should reduce accident rates by about 10 % and cut the journey time between the two cities by approximately seven minutes. The 400 000 residents of Gorj and Hunedoara counties are the main beneficiaries of the scheme. In addition, the population and businesses of the wider region will benefit from improved accessibility to Romania’s road network.

International value

The DN66 also forms part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) route running from the border with Hungary, through Romania, and on to the border with Bulgaria. The EU’s TEN-T programme aims to improve transport links, so that people and goods can move more easily in and between the Member States.

Work on this project was divided into two lots. The first lot covers a 36.4 km stretch between Rovinari and the town of Bumbeşti-Jui, and includes rehabilitation of the two-lane road along with improvements to various intersections, the water drainage system, culverts, and traffic safety facilities. The second lot covers similar activities on a 32.3 km stretch of the road between Bumbeşti-Jui and Petroşani, along with work to consolidate shoulders and slopes.

In all, the project is contributing to the renovation of 25 bridges and the construction of 2 new ones. Repairs and alterations are being carried out on hundreds of culverts, 41 parking and bus areas, 32 side roads, and nine intersections.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Rehabilitation of National Road DN66, section Rovinari - Petroşani” is EUR 88 931 762, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 54 866 663 from the Operational Programme “Transport” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Modernisation and development of the national transport infrastructure aiming at sustainable national transport system”.

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