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Only 20 km of the Bucharest ring road have been restored in five years

The Bucharest ring, which should be the main road for the economic units that do business in Bucharest, and which has been in a restoration programme for the last five years, received at the budget rectification under EUR 3 M in 2012, shortly after the national road company signed a new contract aimed at revamping the ring road, zf.ro reports. Although only 20 of the 72 km of this road have been restored so far, there are few chances that the remaining 50 km start being revamped this fall. The National Company of Motorways and Roads (CNADNR), which administers the ring road, has no other solution than to suspend the contracts until the moment when it receives money to this respect, said Mircea Pop, the general manager of CNADNR. The Ministry of Transport lost almost RON 1.3 bln (EUR 300 M) in the budget rectification operated this summer. Much of this sum, about RON 516 M (EUR 117.3 M) were “scratched off” the roads’ budget, thus hampering the road infrastructure projects. Comparing the abstract of the MT budget now with that in effect early in 2012, one can notice that the sum allotted to a number of important infrastructure projects has decreased significantly. For now, the only money still allotted to the ring road will be used to build a bridge at Km 23 (the junction with the Sun Motorway).

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