A3 motorway (Romania)

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A3 motorway
Autostrada A3
Route information
Maintained by Compania Națională de Autostrăzi și Drumuri Naționale din România
Length: 107 km (66 mi)
584 km (363 mi) planned
6.5 km (4.0 mi) under construction
Major junctions
From: Bucharest
To: Borș (Border with Hungary)
Location
Counties: Ilfov, Prahova, Brașov, Sibiu, Mureș, Cluj, Sălaj, Bihor
Major cities: Bucharest, Ploiești, Brașov, Făgăraș, Sighișoara, Târgu Mureș, Cluj-Napoca, Zalău, Oradea
Highway system
Motorways in Romania

The A3 motorway (Romanian: Autostrada A3) is a motorway in Romania, planned to connect Bucharest with the Transylvania region and the north-western part of the country. It will be 584 km long and will run along the route: Ploiești, Brașov, Făgăraș, Sighișoara, Târgu Mureș, Cluj-Napoca, Zalău and Oradea, connecting with Hungary's M4 motorway near Borș.[1]

As of July 2012, there are two separate segments in service totalizing 107 km: the BucharestPloiești motorway (55 km) and the Câmpia TurziiGilău segment (52 km).[2]

A short segment (6.5 km) between the Bucharest Ring Road and the Bucharest downtown remains under construction, while an 8.7 km segment between Gilău and Nădășelu (in the Cluj County) is scheduled to begin construction in 2014. Also, the ComarnicBrașov segment (54 km) was awarded for construction at the end of 2013 and works may begin in 2014.

Bucharest – Brașov section[edit]

A3 motorway between Bucharest and Ploieşti

This motorway section will cross the Carpathian Mountains along the Prahova Valley (the ComarnicBrașov segment is considered the most difficult section to be built). It will also provide access to the future Terminal 2 of the Henri Coandă Airport and to the future Bucharest – Chișinău motorway, via the Ploiești South-East/Dumbrava interchange.

It was split into three segments: the BucharestPloiești segment (62 km), the PloieștiComarnic segment (48.6 km) and the ComarnicBrașov segment (58 km).

Works on the BucharestPloiești section started on 15 March 2007 and were due to be completed by October 2012.[3] The first segment, from Bucharest to Moara Vlăsiei, is built as a six-lane set of carriageways to accommodate commuting and holiday surplus traffic. It is built by the Italian joint venture between Impressa Pizzarotti and Tirrena Scavi, while the second segment, from Moara Vlăsiei to Ploiești, was built by the Romanian companies Spedition UMB, Pa&Co Internațional and Euroconstruct '98. Total construction cost of this section was estimated at 450 million euro.[4] The section between the Bucharest Ring Road and Ploiești (55.5 km) was opened on 19 July 2012, while the rest of the section towards downtown Bucharest remained to be completed.[5]

The Bucharest – Bucharest Ring Road segment is part of the Bucharest – Moara Vlăsiei section and is currently under construction. It starts with a roundabout at the junction between the Fabrica de Glucoză and the Petricani Street (near 44°28′43″N 26°07′31″E / 44.47861°N 26.12528°E / 44.47861; 26.12528), crosses over the Balta Saulei Lake, intersects the Gherghiței Street with a second roundabout (near 44°28′43″N 26°08′16″E / 44.47861°N 26.13778°E / 44.47861; 26.13778), then continues northbound, crossing over the CFR Line 800, the Popasului Street (in Voluntari, where it has a diamond interchange near 44°29′33″N 26°08′57″E / 44.49250°N 26.14917°E / 44.49250; 26.14917) and the Bucharest Ring Road.

On the Popasului Street (Voluntari) – Bucharest Ring Road segment (4 km) works have started in April 2012. On the Petricani Street (Bucharest) – Popasului Street (Voluntari) segment (2.5 km) works have not started yet because of remaining unfinished expropriations and should take at least one year and a half to complete.[6]

The PloieștiComarnic section has been in pre-feasibility phase and its profitability is being considered.[7] It is complemented by a relatively settlement-free section of the parallel national road DN1.

Works on the ComarnicBrașov section, the most difficult segment of the motorway, were due to begin in 2010 and take around four years to complete,[8] but the FrenchGreek consortium VinciAktor denounced the contract and construction was canceled.[9] Total construction cost of this section was estimated at 1.2 billion euro.[10]

The segment was re-tendered as a concession contract in February 2013.[11] It has been awarded in December 2013 to the joint venture between Vinci, Strabag and Aktor,[12] for a period of 29 years,[13] with an estimated construction cost of 1.8 billion euro.[14] This section of the motorway will have three twin tunnels, with a total length of 19.4 km,[15][16] at Sinaia, Bușteni and Predeal,[17] and four interchanges, at Comarnic, Bușteni, Predeal and Râșnov.[18] The route will follow the river valley until Posada,[18] where it will cross on the opposite side of the river and will run along the mountain range until Sinaia, from where it will run nearly straight until Azuga, crossing through two twin tunnels that will bypass Sinaia and Bușteni, before crossing again to the eastern side of the river.[19] According to media reports, construction works may begin in April 2014,[13] and shall be finalized in 2017.[20]

Brașov – Oradea section[edit]

A3 motorway between Gilău and Turda
A3 motorway near Cheile Turului
Suplacu de Barcău Viaduct under construction

This motorway segment, also known as the Transylvania Motorway (Romanian: Autostrada Transilvania), was split into three parts, with several subsections: the Brașov (Cristian) – Târgu Mureș (Ogra) segment (160.1 km), the Târgu Mureș (Ogra) – Cluj-Napoca West (Gilău) segment (89.7 km) and the Cluj-Napoca West (Gilău) – Oradea West (Borș) segment (165.5 km).[21]

Bechtel controversy[edit]

The entire section was originally scheduled to be built by the American company Bechtel Corporation together with its regional partner Enka A.Ş. of Turkey. The contract was awarded in 2004 to the Bechtel Corporation by the Social Democrat Prime-Minister Adrian Năstase without an open bidding process, invoking "national security" as an excuse.[22] The estimated construction cost was 2.8 billion € in 2003 and it rose to 4.7 blillion € in a 2007 estimate.[23] Although officially the deadline was set for 2013, the final cost and finalization date remained unknown.[24]

As per the Romanian ministry of transportation, Anca Boagiu, the original contract was highly disadvantageous to the Romanian side. Following the contract renegotiation that occurred in June–July 2011,[25] Bechtel agreed to lower the building cost per kilometer by 50% down to 6.9 million euro.[26] Also it was decided that the American company will build only two segments (BorșSuplacu de Barcău and GilăuCâmpia Turzii), leaving all the other segments of the motorway open for tendering.[27]

Construction progress[edit]

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the Transylvania Motorway was held near the village of Vălișoara on 16 June 2004. On 1 December 2009, the TurdaGilău segment (42 km) was opened for traffic, followed on 13 November 2010, by the Câmpia TurziiTurda segment (10 km). As of January 2012, works were being performed only on the Suplacu de Barcău – Oradea West (Borș) segment,[28] with 17 km planned to be opened on 15 November 2012 and other 18 km on 30 August 2013.[29] However, not much progress was visible on this section by August 2012,[30] and the bridge across the Someşul Mic river, part of the Câmpia Turzii – Cluj-Napoca West (Gilău) segment, is also yet to be built.[31] In May 2013, the contract with the Bechtel Corporation was terminated through mutual agreement.[32] The construction status of the Suplacu de Barcău – Borș segment is reportedly at 50%.[33]

An additional 8.7 km segment, between Gilău and Nădășelu, was tendered in August 2012, and awarded to the joint venture between Spedition UMB and Tehnostrade.[34] Works on this segment were scheduled to begin as late as six months after signing the contract and take one year and a half to complete.[35] The segment would act as a bypass for Cluj-Napoca, the second most populous city in the country, on the route towards Zalău and Baia Mare.[36] The contract was reportedly terminated in June 2013, before any construction works started,[37] but according to a more recent announcement works will begin in 2014.[33] Also, the Târgu Mureș (Ogra) – Câmpia Turzii segment will be reviewed.[38]

Openings timeline[edit]

Exit list[edit]

Exits and buildings (Northbound)
Bucharest – Ploiești (62 km)
Motorway km 6 Gherghiţei Street, Bucharest under construction
Exit km 9 Popasului Street, Voluntari under construction
Exit km 13 Bucharest Ring Road CB opened July 2012
Service area km 16 Parking under construction
Service area km 23 Parking under construction
Exit km 25 Moara Vlăsiei DJ101 under construction
Service area km 26 Parking southbound only
Exit km 30 Snagov DC184 opened July 2012
Service area km 34 Parking under construction
Bridge km 38 Ialomița River opened July 2012
Service area km 41 Parking under construction
Bridge km 47 Prahova River opened July 2012
Service area km 49 Parking under construction
Service area km 56 Parking under construction
Service area km 63 Parking under construction
Exit km 68 Ploiești South DN1 opened July 2012
Cluj-Napoca bypass (52 km)
Motorway km 0 Câmpia Turzii DN15 opened 2010
Exit km 9 Turda / Aiud DN1 opened 2009
Service area km 10 Parking under construction
Bridge km 12 Arieș River opened 2009
Exit km 12 U-turn exit northbound only
Exit km 44 U-turn exit southbound only
Service area km 46 Parking under construction
Exit km 51 Cluj-Napoca West / Gilău DN1 opened 2009

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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