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April 19, 2021
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Only 17.8 of the 150 km of highway promised, built in first eight months

Of the 150 kilometers of highway whose completion deadline expired in April 2013, the Romanian authorities managed to complete only 17.8 kilometers, capital.ro informs. By the end of the current month the authorities promise to inaugurate another approximately 50 kilometers, of which more than half will be basically unusable.
However, according to the National Highway Company’s (CNADNR) data, another 87 kilometers of highway and a 10-kilometer interlink road could be inaugurated by the end of the year. Unfortunately, even if the 87 kilometers are inaugurated drivers will have to wait years until they will be able to use the Nadlac-Sibiu highway. Construction works have been paused on the first two sections of that highway, after the contract with Romstrade was canceled (November 2012) and Alpine Bau GMBH went insolvent (July 2013). CNADNR organized a tender for the first section, which measures 22.2 kilometers, and selected a winner for over a month now but the contract is yet to be signed. The new constructor is Astaldi, a company that will have to complete the works “one year after the contract starts.” CNADNR representatives estimate that the contract will be signed in September, however the signing could be extended because the contract is now in the period of contestation. The other sections on the Pan-European Corridor IV – the second section of Timisoara-Lugoj highway and the second, third and fourth sections of Lugoj-Deva highway, are on stand-by since August last year when the tenders were organized.
The national highway network currently totals a bit less than 550 kilometers and could surpass 600 kilometers if the ongoing works are completed.
Transalpina contract with Romstrade annulled
CNADNR will terminate the contract concluded with Romstrade Company for failing to finalize the construction work on Transalpina highway, CNADNR General Manager Narcis Neaga stated for Mediafax.  At the end of last week, the Manager of CNADNR inspected the construction sites for three roads in Gorj County, one of which was Transalpina. Modernization work on the stretch of DN 66 between Rovinari and Bumbesti Jiu had begun in 2005, but not even 10 per cent of the work has been completed yet. Neaga said that, by inspecting the work personally, he could see that the Romstrade Company had failed to meet its contractual obligation to complete the construction work of Transalpina highway this year.
Transalpina is one of the highest highways in the country, stretching from the Bumbesti Pitic locality in Gorj County, passing through the counties of Hunedoara, Valcea and Sibiu, to Sebes, in Alba County.

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