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First public debate on the Ploiesti-Brasov motorway project, held at the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni

Being announced since years, but without being materialized in any way, the Ploiesti-Brasov motorway project is now again subject to the Government’s attention. Thus, the first public debate on the reference terms regarding the environmental impact and the social impact for the project of the motorway section that will connect Ploiesti to Brasov was recently held in Busteni – one of the cities located on the route of the future high-speed road.

On January 18, 2018, the Transport Ministry organized the first public debate on the reference terms regarding the environmental impact and the social impact, according to the timetable on implementing the Ploiesti-Brasov motorway project. The event was organized at the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni, and it was attended by representatives of the local authorities, namely Prahova and Brasov authorities of the localities on the territory of the future motorway, along with the delegation of the Transport Ministry, led by State Secretary Maria Magdalena Grigore, and the representatives of the World Bank. As it was announced, the Ploiesti-Brasov motorway project consists of two sectors with radically different design and construction features, namely the Ploiesti-Comarnic sector, which is a lowland and hill sector, and the Comarnic-Brasov sector, which is a hill and mountain sector. The total length of the motorway will be 110 km and the total estimated cost is EUR 1565.4 million. The project management will be provided by a structure of the Transport Ministry. Thus, for the project management and preparation, a team was formed in order to conduct the project preparation; it consists of experts of the Transport Ministry and the National Company of Road Infrastructure Administration. It was mentioned that the above mentioned team has been approved by an order of the Transport Minister, which was initially signed in early November 2017, then it was complemented by another one, on January 15, 2018. The Ploiesti-Brasov motorway project is a priority in the implementation of major road projects and is included in both the Governing Program and the General Transport Master Plan of Romania. However, we have to mention that there have been three previous attempts to achieve this project through various forms of private lease, but all of them failed. The most recent attempt was in 2014, but the project wasn’t finalized, because of both the higher costs than the ones forecasted by the Government, and the governance problems occurred in relation to this transaction.

But since this investment is more than necessary, given that the road traffic on DN1 to and from Prahova Valley continues to be a big problem, it was appreciated that the mountain motorway project shouldn’t be abandoned. Thus, according to the documents, this project could complete the existing Bucharest-Ploiesti motorway, which has a length of 60 km, and could make the connection between Bucharest and the regional center of the Brasov area.

We remind that on October 31, 2017, the PM of that time, Mihai Tudose, had a meeting at the Victoria palace with a World Bank delegation led by Tatiana Proskuryakova, Country Manager, on the road infrastructure projects. At this meeting, the representatives of the international financial institution communicated the decision of the World Bank to support the implementation of the Ploiesti-Brasov motorway project. The leadership at the Victoria Palace appreciated the World Bank’s decision to join the efforts made by the Romanian Government in the field of motorway construction, wishing that this project of a strategic importance, funded by the World Bank, will be only the beginning of a change of paradigm in the field of the road infrastructure investments.

At the meeting of October 2017, the required measures to start the Ploiesti-Brasov motorway have been set, too, with the World Bank’s support; it was announced that a coordination committee within the General Secretariat of the Government and an implementation unit of the project within the Transport Ministry, in charge with the technical component, will be established. The money that the Romanian Government planned to obtain from the World Bank will be used for the update of the entire documentation and technical assistance for the construction of this section, and to prepare the tender documents to facilitate the construction of the Ploiesti-Brasov motorway, from the current end of theA3 motorway in Ploiesti, to Rasnov.

 

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