Premier Ponta: Motorway connection envisaged between Craiova and Calafat

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Prime Minister Victor Ponta said that the cities of Craiova and Calafat must be connected via motorway and that a project will be submitted to this end in the next EU financial framework for the period 2014 -2020.

Ponta made this statement after the official inauguration of the Calafat — Vidin bridge across the Danube, remarking that he knows that the road to Calafat is in bad repair. This is National Road DN 56 Craiova — Calafat, which is being revamped by two companies on the Craiova — Galicea Mare and Galicea Mare — Calafat segments. The Prime Minister cautioned that if the two companies do not keep a steady pace of the construction works, their contracts will be terminated.

"The idea is this: we will build the road and build it well, but this is not enough — I mean a one-lane road is not enough — which is why the first project for the 2014-2020 programming period we plan to submit is a motorway connection between Craiova and Calafat,"said Ponta.

Speaking about the Craiova — Pitesti project, the head of the government said that the relevant procedures must be completed and the contract on carrying out the motorway under public-private partnership must be signed by the end of the year.

"Practically, there will be a motorway connection running from Craiova via Pitesti to the Constanta southern ring road and the Port of Constanta," detailed Ponta.

Asked when will the Pitesti — Craiova project be completed, the Prime Minister replied that the deadline is 24 months.AGERPRES

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