There is a big difference between the strategy put forward by the incumbent Cabinet for motorways construction and the strategies in the same field formulated by the former Government, i.e. the current strategy is realistic, is based on available money and doable things, not on fairy tales, claims Prime Minister Victor Ponta, according to Mediafax. “Not everybody is happy with the route of the motorway, those scolding us the most are the ones who have constructed only 40 km, 9 km per year, but there is a huge difference between this strategy and all the others,” Ponta said during the government session. The PM claimed once again that all the historic provinces of Romania will be connected through a motorway network by 2018.
Romanian Minister-delegate for Infrastructure Projects of a National Interest and Foreign Investments Dan Sova has also said that the costs for building a motorway linking Bucharest to Alexandria (80 km south-west of the capital) are put at EUR 400 M, adding the traffic surveys show the project equals motorway traffic.The minister explained the Bucharest – Alexandria section is part of the South Motorway linking Bucharest – Alexandria – Craiova – Calafat – Turnu Severin – Lugoj – Deva – Arad – Oradea, located on the 4th A Corridor, which the European Commission rates as the most important European transit transport corridor. ‘We have three billion euros of the cohesion funds, we can only finance motorways located on the main trans-European transport network. Therefore, it is only those that can be funded by the cohesion fund. The South Motorway is the one linking Bucharest – Alexandria – Craiova – Calafat – Turnu Severin – Lugoj – Deva – Arad – Oradea’, Sova told Realitatea TV news channel, speaking of the motorway that will cross Romania’s South to the West.
All the motorway projects scheduled to be completed by 2018 will be contracted by the autumn of 2015, Sova announced.