Traffic beneath Basarab overpass to resume on September 15

Traffic beneath the Basarab overpass will resume on both lanes on September 15, with the exception of the Plevnei – Gara Basarab perimeter, Bucharest General Mayor Sorin Oprescu stated on Saturday. While visiting the construction site Oprescu pointed out that traffic beneath the overpass will resume on the evening of September 14, with traffic on the overpass itself set to start in January-February 2011. “I don’t want to open it for traffic while still having to put the finishing touches. No! We will open it for traffic at the end of the year like I promised,” the Bucharest General Mayor stated. He added that after the construction works are completed the overpass will be tested for a month’s time. According to him, the sum spent so far this year for the Basarab overpass stands at RON 164 M, with the final cost tending to reach RON 248-250 M by the time it is completed.

Oprescu also talked about the existence of some “brakesmen” that would like to prevent the completion of the works. “Like I said, if it’s ready on the 14th, why won’t it be ready on September 15? Some probably have a problem with the fact that the overpass will be completed,” the General Mayor stated.

The Basarab overpass will link by car and tramway Nicolae Titulescu Blvd with Orhideelor Street, Grozavesti overpass, Vasile Milea Blvd and Grozavesti Street, thus completing Bucharest’s main traffic ring in its northwest side. The project spans the Dambovita River and the railway in the Gara de Nord area. According to the Bucharest City Hall, approximately 90 per cent of the works have been completed.

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