New motorway will improve accessibility

A project to construct a 38 km stretch of motorway between Nadlac and Arad will cut journey times and accidents while improving transport links between western Romania and Hungary.

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Along with building a four-lane motorway, this scheme will provide a 5.9 km connection road to the DN7 at Nadlac. Other work will include building two bridges, three interchanges, two rest centres and one maintenance centre. When operational, the new motorway will be run as a toll road, which will help pay for operating and maintenance costs.

The proposed route crosses a plain on an east-west direction from the Hungarian border north of Nadlac. It then crosses the Mures Channel, avoiding the protected area of Parcul Natural Lunca Mureşului Inferior. The road then crosses the NR7 to connect with the bypass on the west side of Arad airport. At the border, the new road joins the Hungarian M43 motorway – Szeged to Nagylak.

Smoother, safer journeys

The motorway will cut average journey times between Nadlac and Arad from 39 minutes to 26 minutes, and reduce traffic accident rates between the two urban centres by 40 %. People and businesses in the West Development Region of Romania will benefit from improved accessibility to the road network, especially those in Arad County which has a population of about 500 000. The new route will also speed up journey times across the Romania-Hungary border.

The Nadlac-Arad motorway will form part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) route running through Romania from Nadlac to Constanta. The EU-funded TEN-T network is being developed to improve transport links and infrastructure between Member States.

The new motorway will be publicly managed by CNADNR SA (National Company for Motorways and National Roads of Romania). The project’s implementation phase is expected to create 500 jobs and a further 300 posts are likely to come on stream once the road is operational.

Total and EU funding

The project “Construction of Nadlac – Arad motorway” has a total eligible budget of EUR 251 516 668, with the EU’s Cohesion fund contributing EUR 213 789 168 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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