What happens to the Ford “highway”: images from the expressway that connects Pitesti to Craiova

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Previous governments have promised a highway to connect Pitesti with Craiova, a promise that also came for the American manufacturer Ford, which has the plant in Bănie. The highway was not to be, but the solution was found to make an express road.

A high-speed road connecting Pitesti to Craiova has long been requested by the Americans from Ford. It was a necessary investment, given that the manufacturer wants to take its car models to the port of Constanța in the shortest possible time. Only the government promised, but only delivered half.

It was concluded that a highway cannot be built, but an express road can be built. After lengthy procedures and tenders, the contract was awarded in pieces to several manufacturers. Umbrărescu’s company, for example, is building the first lot in the second section. And CNAIR has just published images with the first pieces of asphalt poured on the Pitești-Craiova expressway.

The Pitesti-Craiova expressway, the first pieces of asphalt poured

The National Road Infrastructure Management Company came up with images from the drone. This way you can see the pace at which the Pitești-Craiova expressway is being worked on.

What you see in the pictures is lot 1 from section 2, contract won by Dorinel Umbrărescu. The businessman’s companies are also building the other lot of the second section.

The express road Craiova – Pitești is divided into four lots, has a total length of 121 km, provides two lanes of 3.5 meters wide each, without emergency lane, sidewalks of 1.5 m on each side and a median lane with separator 3 meters wide. The tenders for the 4 lots related to the Craiova – Pitești express road have been launched since July 2017. Sections 3 and 4 have been contested, and the procedure launched by CNAIR has been denied in court since 2018.

For sections 1 and 2, CNAIR signed the contracts at the end of 2018, and in May 2019 the first works on site began.

Section 1 (17.7 km) is executed by the Italians from Tirrena Scavi for about 76 million euros, and Section 2 (39.85 km), which will bypass the cities of Balş and Slatina, is built by the association SA&PE Construct SRL – Spedition UMB SRL – Tehnostrade SRL – Consitrans SRL for about 309 million euros.

The three contracts have a term of 12 months for design and then 24 months for execution.

Although the tender was challenged in court and no verdict has yet been reached, the Government has decided, based on new legal rules, to allow work to begin even until the appeals are completed. In this way, projects of this kind are no longer held in place.

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