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March 5, 2021

New plan for Transilvania Highway, with post-2012 deadlines

Owing to budget crunches and delays in the payment of works completed in 2010, the builder Bechtel reduced the pace of works and the number of workers deployed on the project site for the highway. As a consequence, the Ministry of Transports and the National Roads and Highways Company (CNADNR) initiated a negotiation with Bechtel to decide on a new plan for the Transilvania Highway, with new deadlines, later than December 2012, the deadline targeted up to now for the completion of the project, official sources stated, for Mediafax. The new deadline will be set at the end of talks between the two parties.

The project for the construction of the Transilvania Highway, on the Brasov-Bors route, started in 2004, based on a contract worth EUR 2.2 bln, granted to the American company Bechtel. Works were interrupted in mid-2005, when the authorities started to review contracts signed by the preceding Government. Following the interruption, the deadline for the completion of works was extended by a year, until December 2012. The Transport Minister, Anca Boagiu, stated, recently, in an interview to “Ziarul Financiar”, in reference to the Transilvania Highway, that there would be no funds available for Bechtel, the builder in this project, at least by the summer, until the budget rectification, so that the works on the Suplacu de Bacau-Bors segment (the North-West segment of the highway) cannot be initiated.

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