Improvements made to Romania’s national road 1C between Dej and Baia Mare

The European Regional Development Fund co-financed the renovation of 86.5 km of the national road 1C between the cities of Dej in Cluj county and Baia Mare in Maramureș county in Romania’s North-West region.

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The road was rehabilitated consolidating the structure of the road and widening the road platform, varying in places between 8.5 m at its narrowest point and 13.5 m at its widest point.

The road surface was upgraded to be able to support axle loads of 115 kilonewtons, in line with European requirements. One bridge was rebuilt, while a further 20 were renovated.

Extensive investment and direct public sector management

EUR 88.4 million has been invested in the project. This amount includes a contribution of about EUR 57.2 million from the Europeaan Regional Development Fund. The rehabilitated roads will be under direct public sector management by Romania’s National Company of Road Infrastructure Management.

As a result of the upgrades, accessibility in Cluj and Maramureş counties has greatly improved. Travelling times between Dej and Baia Mare have fallen by around 22 minutes. The project also contributes to the development of a more sustainable national transport system for Romania.

The main beneficiaries of the rehabilitated infrastructure are the local, national and international users of the road transport network, the inhabitants and communities of Cluj and Maramureş counties, as well as the local public services and businesses. The improved transport conditions for businesses have the potential to attract more investment to the region, leading to higher levels of job creation and general economic development.

A link between Romania’s second city and the border with Ukraine

Measuring 216 km in total, national road 1C connects Cluj-Napoca, with 325 000 inhabitants Romania’s second largest city after the capital Bucharest and the seat of Cluj county, with the Romanian-Ukrainian border at Halmeu. In addition to the cities of Dej and Baia Mare, it also connects Gherla, Seini and Livada, running through the counties of Sălaj and Satu Mare, as well as those of Cluj and Maramureș.

Situated in the historical region of Transylvania, with 6 674 km² Cluj county is the 12th largest county in Romania and the fourth largest in terms of population with nearly 700 000 inhabitants, close to half of whom live in Cluj-Napoca. Dej is the county’s third biggest city, with a population of more than 30 000.

With 6 304 km² Maramureș county is slightly smaller than Cluj county, ranking as Romania’s 15th largest county with around 517 000 inhabitants (17th largest by population). Baia Mare is the county seat and biggest city, with a population of some 123 000.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Rehabilitation of DN1C Dej – Baia Mare, km 61+500 – km 147+990” is EUR 67 310 425, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 57 213 861 through the “Transport” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period.

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