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Romania Roads Restart: Transfagarasan almost in reach.
There’s an encouraging resurgence in Romania’s road building programme.
Both will help ease the capital’s chronic traffic problems but it’s out in the sticks where the really important work is being done.
New contractors have finally been appointed to finish the A1 between the Hungarian border at Nadlac and Arad. The section Arad-Pecica is already 85% complete. Pecica-Nadlac is just 20% finished but the ground work is done and the terrain is easy.
This section of the A1 is only 25 miles long but when it’s finished Romanian cities will be linked to the European motorway network for the first time (well, as soon as the Hungarians have filled in the last 16 mile gap in the M43 between Szeged and the Romanian border, currently under construction).
There will still be some gaps to Transfagarasan. The black sections on the map above currently have no building. The blue section between Lugoj and Deva has sections opening seemingly at random. When we drove this road earlier this year there was a man at the side of the road directing traffic onto a stretch opened that day, seemingly to the surprise of everybody.
What it does mean is that of the 1,300 miles between Calais and Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘World’s Best Road’, only 100 miles will not be on motorway. Believe us, that will make all the difference.