Long haul trucks are queuing on some 5 kilometres on the outbound of the Giurgiu – Ruse cross-border checkpoint with Bulgaria, because traffic is reduced to a single lane due to overhaul works on the Romanian side of the “Friendship Bridge” across the Danube, spokesman of the Giurgiu County Police Inspectorate Cristian Suta told Agerpres on Saturday.
“Truck queues at the border currently stretch on approximately five kilometers. They had somewhat receded in recent days, but this is weekend and many want to leave the country for various outings abroad. Then, there are the trucks carrying perishable goods. Police squads patrol the border area and a stretch of the National Road DN5 Giurgiu – Bucharest, to keep the traffic fluent and prevent jams (…) Cars and tourist minibuses, as well as trucks with perishable cargo are given priority, but we pay attention to the other drivers too, because everyone must keep within a certain travel timeframe and nobody affords delays,” said Cristian Suta, who cautioned however that cars seeking to exit the country can expect a one-hour wait at the border crossing.
Overhaul works on the “Friendship Bridge,” that also include the road coating being scraped down to the bridge iron reinforcement, began in April and although they are formally due for completion by the end of this year, the deadline could be extended until next spring, depending on wether the elements allow works to be done in the cold season.