Two motorways over the Western Carpathians, two over the Eastern Carpathians, one over the Southern Carpathians and another between the Eastern and Southern Carpathians, this is the infrastructure plan of Ponta Government over the next six years. Most of the motorways the state wants to conclude by 2020 do not have feasibility plans yet, like Targu-Mures – Targu-Neamt or Sibiu – Pitesti.


“The election year is the year with the most ridiculous commitments ever. Our experience so far showed us what we can do. Personally, I do not believe something like this (concluding six motorways over the mountains in six years – editor’s note),” says Adriana Iftimie, vice-chairman of Union of Construction Employers and executive director of Federation of Construction Companies Employers.


Crossing the mountains with a motorway is one of the most expected infrastructure works in Romania. The attempts in the past of the state to cross the mountains ended up in failure, such as Comarnic – Brasov, which Romania has tried to build under concession or in private-public partnership for a decade. After two failed attempts, the Romanian state is trying for the third time to build along with private investors a motorway meant to make traffic on Prahova Valley more fluid.


The state has chosen only private investors so far, the French at Vinci, the Austrians at Strabag and the Greeks at Aktor, who are yet to come with a financing plan, although PM Victor Ponta promised at the beginning of the year that the works at Comarnic – Brasov motorway will kick off in April, namely this month. The new deadline to start works is June. (Source: