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February 27, 2021
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Transylvania to be linked to southern and eastern regions by 2018

By 2018 the southern and eastern regions of the country will be linked to Transylvania through expressways or highways, Transport Minister Ioan Rus pointed out yesterday. The minister’s opinion is based on the goals included in the General Transport Master Plan, a strategic document for the country’s infrastructure in the next 16 years, a document on whose basis our country will receive non-reimbursable funds from the European Commission.
The Transport Minister once more emphasized the higher share that expressways have in the Master Plan compared to that of the highways. He explained that this decision was based on the cost differences between the two types of transport infrastructure, considering that an expressway is 30 per cent cheaper than a highway. “In the case of expressways we will do the expropriations at highway level. Up to the superior level, where all coefficients require the construction of a highway, you can build an expressway and with that money you can build another 30 kilometers for every 100 kilometers,” Rus said.
He added that Romania is not at risk of losing the European funds earmarked for the 2007-2013 period, but because of the small rate of absorption of EU funds only in 2016 will we start to spend the funds earmarked for the 2014-2020 period.

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