Berceanu wants 3000 km of new motorways

Berceanu wants 3000 km of new motorways
Published: 06 November 2006

Romanian Minister of Transports, Civil Engineering and Tourism Radu Berceanu informed, at the end of last week, during a meeting with the local Democrat elected representatives, that he would submit to the Government a “programme addressing the next 10 years, which provides for the accomplishment of 3000km of motorways, over 2008–2018."

The first motorway programmes are more than Euro 10bn, in the case of the Bucharest–Brasov motorway bids having been received for stretches, all auctions being expected to complete until the end of the year and as of February, work will begin on all stretches, throughout next year; the whole preceding operations have been finalised for putting forward parts of Corridor 9 towards Moldavia, as by means of a programme over the next 10 years we would end up having 3000km of motorways in 2018, and these traffic standards will be at European level,” according to Berceanu.

Berceanu’s statements regarding this topic led to strong reactions from the owners’ associations in the cement industry, who affirm that concrete is much more resistant than asphalt and who even invited the Minister to test quality in Austria, at the expense of the association. Berceanu informed that he would start a documentation visit to Austria in this respect, or to France, together with the managing director of the Company for Motorways and National Roads.