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Arad-Timisoara Highway inaugurated

2,300 kilometers of national roads will be rehabilitated by early 2013, Transport Minister Anca Boagiu stated.

PM Emil Boc and Transport Minister Anca Boagiu inaugurated on Saturday the Arad-Timisoara Highway, testing it with a Dacia Duster vehicle, Mediafax informs. The highway is 32.25 kilometers long and is part of Pan-European Corridor IV. The construction works had a total cost of RON 482.8 M (EUR 135.43 M). “Basically we’re opening the highway segment. For us, the ones who’ve headed the Romanian government in the last three years, this means that we’ll have 122 kilometers of highway in Romania. (…) It’s obvious that results are starting to be seen when one earmarks more funds for infrastructure. In conclusion, the fact that Romania has the highest percentage of GDP earmarked for investments is visible once more,” Boc said.

Nevertheless, although the highway was opened to traffic, construction works are yet to be completed. Construction works started in the summer of 2009 back when Transport Minister Anca Boagiu stated that the highway should be opened at the end of 2011. Works that do not interfere with traffic, such as building protection fences, parking lots and areas for gas stations, will continue until March next year.

Likewise, Anca Boagiu stated that 2,300 kilometers of national roads will be rehabilitated by early 2013, 500 kilometers by the end of this year. Present on the construction site on National Road 79 Arad-Oradea, Boagiu stated that 24 national roads are currently being rehabilitated, adding that she is confident that the companies handling them will meet the deadlines established in their contracts. “I would have been happy to see the initial deadlines met. Nevertheless, I can’t be happy non-stop, I mean I can accept the idea that efforts were made lately,” Boagiu stated. She underlined that 500 of the 2,300 kilometers will be rehabilitated by the end of this year. Constructors told the Minister that 75 per cent of the works have been completed and the construction site will be closed in May 2012 at the latest. They added that they are using special additives so that the asphalting can take place in winter too.

At the same time, Arad’s beltway, which is at highway standards and is part of Pan-European Corridor IV, was partially opened to traffic on Saturday, drivers being able to use two of its four lanes. Construction works will be completed next spring. The opening ceremony was attended by Premier Emil Boc, Transport Minister Anca Boagiu, Education Minister Daniel Funeriu, Administration and Internal Affairs Minister Traian Igas, numerous MPs and PDL leaders.

Contract for Timisoara-Lugoj Highway’s segment 2 may be signed this year

In other developments, Transport Minister Anca Boagiu stated on Saturday, after visiting the construction site of the Timisoara-Lugoj Highway, that the signing of the contract for the highway’s segment 2 may take place this year but that the Ministry lost EUR 35 M because the tender was attacked in court. Asked about the stage of the segment 2 project, Anca Boagiu said that in this case the court “surpassed in rigorousness” the Transport Ministry’s evaluation commission after the tender was attacked in court. She stated that she hopes that the signing will take place this year so that construction works will start in 2012, however she pointed out that the Ministry lost EUR 35 M as a consequence.

The Minister added that it is important for the Ministry to have “serious partners” when it comes to building highways, so that its EUR 2 bln budget can be used in order to complete Pan-European Corridor IV.

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