Initially, the process was supposed to happen in September. Sgarcitu did not specify the reasons the asphalting had been delayed, but said it would not interfere with the deadlines for the Turda-Gilau and Bors-Cluj highway segments.
The construction company has previously said it was changing the deadlines for the two segments from 2010 to end-2008, for Turda-Gilau, and from 2010 to 2009, for Bors-Cluj.
It is awaiting the end of the expropriation process for land plots needed to build the highway and taking the forest portions out of the forest fund, which could be the major causes for delay.
The final deadline for completing the Transylvania highway is 2013, while the total value of the contract with Bechtel is EUR 2.2 billion. The four-lane highway will be 415 km in length.