Lugoj-Deva Motorway section Romania motorway Project

Lugoj-Deva Motorway section Romania motorway Project :With a population of over 21 million, Romania is these days in the midst of a major infrastructure development programme, aimed at significantly growing its economy and addressing unemployment rate.

Development of new infrastructure – particularly strategic motorways – is a significant part of that programme in this Eastern European nation.

Also, Romania’s geographical location at the “future edge” of the European Union and closer to nations like Ukraine, Russia and Turkey, creates a potential for international transit traffic, said Panayiotis Methenitis, managing director and vice president of Balkans for US-based Hill International.

For its part, the government has taken up what it calls a ‘Sectoral Operational Programme – Transport’ or SOPT that is based on building new roads to connect Romania with its neighbours for primarily commercial reasons.

“SOPT will improve inter-regional accessibility and enhance regional development in Romania, by facilitating the movement and promoting the use of locally available supplies and raw materials to industrialized regions,” he said, noting benefits are aklsp drawn by facilitating access for labour force to these areas and by for the rural population to services including health care in its area of coverage.

Undoubtedly, the proposed projects are of particular interest to Hill Interntioanl and in early August the company was awarded a contract by the Romanian National Company of Motorways and National Roads to provide supervision services during design and construction of the 100-kilometre (62-mile) Lugoj-Deva Section of the A1 motorway in Romania.

Hill’s scope of works will be to provide supervisory services on Lot 3, which spans 21 kilometres (13 miles) and the seven-year contract for Hill is worth US$2 million.

The A1 motorway (Romanian: Autostrada A1) is planned to connect Bucharest with the Banat and Crisana regions in the west, Methenitis said, adding the motorway will have a total length of about 581 kilometres. It will follow the route that will include Pitesti, Sibiu, Orastie, Deva, Timisoara and Arad, connecting with Hungary’s M43 motorway near Nadlac, Methenitis said.

“This is a priority project of the Trans-European Transport Networks and it is also part of the Pan-European Corridor IV, which starts in Germany and continues through Prague-Vienna-Bratislava-Budapest,” he added.

PROJECT STATUS

As of December 2013, the sections in service include a 110-kilometre long motorway linking Bucharest with Pitesti, the Sibiu – Saliste segment (33.6 kms), the Cunta – Deva segment (76.4 km), the Traian Vuia – Balint segment (17.1 km) and the Timisoara – Arad motorway (54 kms, in the western part of Romania). The total length of the sections already opened to traffic is 290 kolimetres, with another 141 kilometres under construction.

Currently, construction work is underway between Sibiu and Nadlac and several sections between Lugoj and Deva comprising a total length of 71.8 kilometres, he said.

In addition, for two segments covering about 39 kilometres between Nadlac and Arad work has now re-started after a suspension, Methenitis said.

Lastly, road cpnstruction work has also started on the 22-kilometre segment between Saliste and Cunta and the remaining 26-kilometre segment between Lugoj and Timisoara.

With a price tag of US$655 million, the Romanian government has received 85% funding from the European Union Cohesion Fun for A1 motorway, he said. The remaining 15% is being funded by the government in Bucharest from its own internal resources.

For Hill International, whose contract involves the 100-kilometre section between Lujog and Deva, Methinitis said the project execution has been divided into four sections with contractors already been appointed.

The design and build contracts, as per Yellow FIDIC rules, were signed in 2013 and are targeted for completion in 2018.
The contractors working on site are: for section 1 of length 27.4 kilometres are Tirena Scavi and Societa Italiana per Condotte D’Acqua and Cossi Construzioni; section 2 (28.6 kms length): a joint venture between J.V. Salini and SECOL; section 3 (21.2 kms) a joint venture between SC TELOXIM CON SRL , COMSA, ALDES CONTRUCCIONES and ARCADIS; section 4 (22.2 kms) a joint venture between Technostrade and Spedition.
“The contractors have the necessary experience to build the A1 motorway project,” Methenitis said.
The Lugoj-Deva motorway section is part of the Pan-European Corridor IV, which starts in Germany and continues through to Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.
Residents of Lugoj city and Deva city will have a great reason to cheer when their section of the A1 motorway is completed, as the project will open up potential for employment.
For Hill International, which has a major expertise in carrying out highway and motorway projects globally, its involvement with A1 will be yet another feather in its cap.

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