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May 20, 2022
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Motorways Company spends EUR 1.5 M, no roads yet

The top 30 highest payments made by CNADNR last year is a good indication of just how cost-effective infrastructure works are in this country, zf.ro says. For example, Bechtel received EUR 76 M for 600 metres of motorway it had built. Spedition UMB belonging to Dorinel Umbrarescu and the Austrian company Strabag cashed over EUR 100 M each. The second best paid road construction contractor is Strabag, who was paid almost EUR 126 M for the Orastie-Sibiu motorway and various national road  improvement works. The third on the odium is Italian company Astaldi, which cashed some EUR 99 M for the Orastie-Sibiu, Cernavoda-Medgidia motorways and road improvements. All this time, the actual number of kilometres of motorway is still extremely low and the road infrastructure in general is underdeveloped. Most disbursements effected by the national company in charge of the roads last year paid for the construction of motorways, especially along the Pan-European Transport Corridor IV, but also for road repairs and modernisation, snow clearing contracts and multi-annual road maintenance. The EUR 1.2 bn spent in 2012 to pay 30 companies would have easily paid for the construction of 200 to 300 km of new motorways, according to ZF calculations using existing cost standards for the construction of such infrastructure.

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