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September 25, 2021

Baneasa underpass opened Friday beforetime

The Baneasa underground passage, a EUR 13.11 M investment, opened to traffic Friday, despite construction works not being concluded, Mediafax reports. After inauguration, traffic was quite slow at the entry into Bucharest from Ploiesti, given the large number of auto vehicles traveling through the underpass. Some portions of the ground sidewalk are yet to be finalized and traffic lights need to be synchronized. Some of the railings were still being installed, and workers worked on wall finishing during inauguration. Traffic was normal in the opposite lane. The project began in 2007, and officials with the National Company of Motorway and National Roads in Romania (CNADNR) said then the works would be ready by the end of 2008. When signed, in 2007, the contract was worth EUR 9.7 M, only for its value to go up to EUR 13.11 M, as additional woks, such as underpass lighting and lane separators, added to the cost. Works started in 2008 actually and were slated for completion in May 2009. The finishing deadline was pushed back to December 1, 2009.

The Obor II underpass reopened Saturday, after two months’ worth of works and a RON 3 M-plus investment. Lujerului underground passage will be closed to overnight traffic (Midnight through 5:00 am), and daytime traffic will be restricted between the Timisoara Boulevard and Crangasi. The Street Management Authority begins today rehabilitation works worth RON 40 M (VAT not included) at that underpass, scheduled to last for about eight months.

The over EUR 11 M Pipera-Tunari underpass will open today, more than two years after the works got off the ground.

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