Motorways move at snail’s pace in Romania

Motorways move at snail’s pace in Romania

Bucharest, April 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Irina Stoica

Motorways are developing at a very low speed in Romania. In one year, constructors have only managed to add 64 kilometers, according to data published by the National Statistics Institute (INS). That means that by the end of 2015, Romania had only 747 km of motorways, 9.4 more than in 2014. The figure also represents 4.2% of the total of 86,080 km of public roads.

It’s worth mentioning that only as far as surface coverage is concerned, 37.9 % were modernized roads, meaning they were covered in heavy and medium-coated asphalt, while 37.5 % are cobbled and earthen paths, usually in a terrible state.

Statistics also show Romania had 10,770 km of railways in public use in 2015. The density of railway per 1,000 km was 45.2. The highest densities were in the Bucharest-Ilfov region, followed by the western region of the country and thesouth-eastern region.

Plans adopted in 2015 included some targets that now seem rather impossible to achieve. For instance, the motorways network is supposed to be extended by 200 kilometers in 2016.

AT the moment, the only fully completed and operational highway in Romania connects Bucharest to the seaside and measures 206 kilometers. There are also sections of motorways in the Western parts on the country.