State-owned road company chief promises that Romania will have 1,000 km of motorway by 2020

Sorin Melenciuc 10/12/2018 | 15:04

Romania will have 1,000 km of motorway by 2020, compared to less than 800 km now, state-owned road company (CNAIR) manager Narcis Neaga told reporters on Monday, just days after the prime minister asked him to resign if Romania will not reach 100 km of new motorway-threshold this year.

Romania has currently around 780 km of motorways, compared to 747 km at the end of 2017, after the opening of 3 motorway sections this year: Gilau-Nadaselu and two sections of Sebes-Turda motorway, all located in Transylvania.

“All the time I hear we do not have 1,000 kilometers of motorway. Well, in 2020 we’ll have 1,024 kilometers,” Neaga said, cited by Economica.net.

At the end of this year, Romania will have around 807 km of motorway following the opening of 3 new sections totaling more than 20 km.

Neaga’s promises come just days after he was threaten by Romania’s prime minister, Viorica Dancila, that he will lose his job if Romania will not have at least 100 km of new motorway completed this year.

According to main ruling party’s governing programme, Romania should have reach more than 1,000 km of motorway by 2018.

One of the motorway included in the governing programme, Targu Mures – Iasi, was completely abandoned by the current government.

The region of Moldova, the poorest in Romania, needs good infrastructure connections with Transylvania and Western Europe and with Bucharest to escape its historical isolation, but the government’s priorities for the next decade don’t include Moldova.

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