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September 27, 2022

Cost of ring roads so far totals EUR 300 M

The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MTI), together with the National Company for Motorways and National Roads (CNADNR) decided, nine years ago, to build ring roads around many Romanian cities. Feasibility studies have been prepared for more than 20 different cities, and the funding was raised from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (BIRD) for Brasov, Targu-Mures, Bacau, Medias and Reghin, while the financing of 11 other cities was negotiated via Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-Accession (ISPA), as well as with the European Investment Bank (EIB). Only some of the planned ring roads have been completed by 2011. And yet, CNADNR preferred to develop the most difficult projects with money from the state budget, while the works under the ISPA mechanism only added extra costs to the budget. In that way, the few projects the Ministry of Transport successfully finalised with pre-accession funding cost EUR 46 M. Only the 20 km of ring road in the northern part of Bucharest cost RON 400 M. The ring roads of Pitesti, Cluj, Iasi, Oradea and Suceava were also paid for with money from the state budget. The Cluj project is not ready yet, although the company was already paying for almost EUR 200,000 worth of consultancy in 2006.

However, CNADNR managed to deliver the six kilometers of the Iasi South orbital, the bill amounting to RON 100 M. The Pitesti ring road is 13 km long, has a motorway’s regime and cost RON 427 M, the 12 km of the Timisoara ring road cost RON 70 M, the 14 km in Craiova cost RON 60 M, the 17 km in Sibiu – about EUR 58 M, the 9 km in Lugoj – EUR 24 M, the 12 km of Ploiesti West – RON 130 M. The portion in Adunatii Copaceni is 8 km long and, together with the road improvement works, cost EUR 1 M.

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