PM Ponta, assurance for Dacia: We are going to build the motorway

New deadline to build Pitesti-Sibiu highway, January 1, 2017

Premier Victor Ponta took part yesterday to the taking of office of the new under-prefect of Arges County, having the opportunity to meet the representatives of Dacia-Renault. Ponta announced the new deadline for Pitesti-Sibiu motorway as the beginning of 2017.
‘According to the Partnership Agreement with the European Commission there are included financing funds for increasing competitiveness. For Dacia it is important to be competitive against its own works in other countries,’ Ponta said. He gave assurances that the fiscal policy will remain stable, while the scrap-car programme will continue and that construction works for Sibiu-Pitesti motorway are going to start soon.
‘This motorway is more a political issue between me and President Traian Basescu, who hadn’t built one meter of highway during his office as transport minister. For the feasibility study we have at our disposal EUR 28 M from the European Commission during 2007-2013,’ Ponta added. He stressed there is no competition between Pitesti-Sibiu and Comarnic-Brasov motorways, as the first one is financed through European funds, while the second is not.
Also Minister of Transports Dan Sova announced yesterday on his personal blog: “As we let the public know before, Pitesti-Sibiu motorway is under construction. I have been the first minister to have done something for this stretch. We are working on taking all the necessary steps required by the European Commission for building this stretch. The bids for the feasibility study are taking six months, according to European rules, and started at the beginning of this month. The proper feasibility study will take 24 months and has EUR 28 million allocated from the European Commission. 24 months is a minimum period required by the European Commission, considering that the new feasibility studies should include geological surveys. After the study is concluded, we will accept bids for the construction of the motorway in maximum six months. So, we will be able to start the building of the motorway on January 1, 2017,” writes Dan Sova.
He stresses that Romania 100 Strategy regarding motorways includes a number of strategic objectives, namely linking Romania’s historical regions through motorways and connecting the major urban centers through a road network of European level. “The Transports Master Plan should not be taken for the Romania 100 Strategy for motorways. The Master Plan is a technical strategic plan, not a political one. I said on Tuesday during the meeting to analyze the stage of the General Transports Master Plan that a strategic and coherent basis is necessary to schedule investments in transports. Prioritizing projects within the plan, not only motorways, is made jointly with the national policies and through the method plan recommended by the European Commission,” stresses the Minister of Transports. He also says that during his mandate of minister delegate for Projects of Infrastructure with National Interest and Foreign Investments, almost 240 km of motorway were opened and a coherent and pragmatic strategy for Romania’s development in the field of road transport was created.
He explained early this month that the procedures started on March 3 at the National Motorways Company to select the consultant to create the feasibility study, as the procedures are going to last six months, including possible complaints. Dan Sova added that there is an amount of EUR 28 million made available by the European Commission during the 2007-2013 allocation and which is up for bids for feasibility studies. According to data released by the National Motorways and National Roads Company in Romania, Sibiu-Pitesti motorway will stretch over 116.4 km, and the estimated value of the project is EUR 3.246 billion.
93 kilometers of highway to be finalized in 2014
The Romanian National Company of Motorways and National Roads (CNADNR) plans to finalize 93.1 kilometers of highway this year with a budget of RON 2.65 billion, RON 1.1 billion lower than last year, and 194.8 kilometers in 2015 with a projected budget of RON 3.96 billion, Mediafax informs. Last year, from a budget of RON 3.76 billion reserved for highways, CNADNR opened 116 kilometers of road, namely the Simeria – Orastie stretch (18 km), three sections of the Orastie – Sibiu highway (60.5 km), and the first stretch of the Lugoj – Deva highway (27.4 km plus a 10.5 kilometers-long road link to the highway), resulting in an Romanian highway network of close to 650 kilometers. CNADNR intends to open sections 1 and 2 of Nadlac – Arad highway (22.2 km and 16.6 km, respectively), section 2 of Timisoara – Lugoj highway (25.6 km), section 3 of Orastie – Sibiu highway (22.1 km), and a 6.5 kilometers-long stretch of the Bucharest – Ploiesti highway.

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