EUR 407 million of Cohesion policy funds are invested in three road infrastructure projects that will improve connectivity and, ultimately, growth and employment in the west of Romania.
“These projects supported by the EU have three objectives: improving road safety, contributing to the economic development of the regions concerned and strengthening territorial cohesion in Romania”, commented Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Creţu.
Over EUR 336 million has been invested in the construction of the section between the cities of Dumbrava and Deva on the Lugoj-Deva highway. It is the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and the related infrastructure (bridges, crossroads, tunnels etc). Travel time between the two cities will be reduced by one third for drivers.
Approximately EUR 62 million will then help to refurbish part of the national road 6 between the cities of Alexandria and Craiova in the southwest of the country. This will improve road safety and reduce journey time by three-quarters of an hour. Finally, nearly 9 million euros will finance the construction of the section between the cities of Timişoara and Lugoj and a ring road on the outskirts of Timişoara./IBNA