Construction of Highway from Timisoara to Belgrade to Start, Tender for Romanian Section Soon – Joint Border Crossing Also Announced

Source: eKapija Tuesday, 20.02.2024. 14:47
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The minister of transport and infrastructure of Romania, Sorin Grindeanu, has announced that the Feasibility Study for the highway from Timisoara to the border with Serbia will be completed this spring and that a tender will be published. Grindeanu also pointed out that the construction of a joint border crossing had been agreed, which would be located around 1.55 km from the existing border crossing Moravica, and whose construction would be financed by Romania.

– The environmental permit and the steps for it are nearly finished, and the geostudies are 99% finished. We are waiting for lab results. I am saying that the feasibility study will be finished and the tender will be published this spring. That’s another point I care about – said Sorin Grindeanu, as reported by the Opinia portal from Timisoara.

Let us remind that the agreement on the construction of the Belgrade-Timisoara highway was signed in mid-2022 in Timisoara by the then minister of construction, transport and infrastructure of Serbia, Tomislav Momirovic, and the minister of transport and infrastructure of Romania, Sorin Mihai Grindeanu.

The parties to the agreement obliged at the time to establish a connection between the two states by directly connecting the Belgrade-Vatin (state border) highway, which would be 65 kilometers long, on the Serbian side and the Timisoara-Moravica (state border) highway, close to 78 kilometers long, on the Romanian side.

The deadline for the completion of the Feasibility Study, which was initially May 4, 2022, has been extended several times. Most recently, it was extended until the autumn 2024.

Sorin Grindeanu specified that the Timisoara-Moravica highway might be built using EU funds, being part of the shortest road of the Pan-European Corridor, Gdansk-Thessaloniki.

– Timisoara-Moravica is a project which is acceptable from the aspect of EU criteria – said the Romanian transport minister.

Romania, as said, has filed an application for the financing of the project through the CEF Military Mobility Program, the program through which the European Commission finances internal projects, such as the repair of certain bridges on national roads which pass by military bases, as well as cross-border projects. This is a project that is worth over EUR 260 million, of which EUR 133 million are European funds.

– Next week, the tender for the Arad-Oradea section will be published. The north-south connection from Gdansk to Thessaloniki encompasses Warsaw, Krakow, Kosice (Slovakia), Debrecen (Hungary), Oradea, Arad, Timisoara, Moravica, Belgrade and Thessaloniki. This is the shortest way. Next week, I repeat, the tender for the Arad-Oradea highway will be published, which has to continue toward the south, that is, from Timisoara to Moravica, as said by Grindeanu and reported by Opinia.

According to the documentation for the future highway, which will connect Timisoara with Belgrade, which the company Egis prepared for the Romanian side, the route will have several road hubs, which will secure entries and exits from the highway toward regional roads in Romania.

Grindeanu also announced a potential visit to Belgrade.

– I have had a dialogue with Aleksandar Vucic and other representatives of Serbia. In the meantime, I have received a letter from a Serbian colleague to visit Belgrade and I will do so, but we are continuing the project on our side. There is no dilemma, we are going toward Moravica. We are doing what we have announced, without any other problems. We have agreed to make a joint border crossing, at Romania’s cost, and we have been as constructive as possible in all those approaches. For us, but not only for us, this is an important project for connecting the north of Europe with south Europe – said Grindeanu.

The entrance to Serbia will be through the new border crossing, which will be located around 1.55 km from the existing border crossing Moravica.

Let us remind that the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina adopted the Decision on the preparation of the spatial plan of the special-purpose area of the infrastructure corridor of the highway E-70, section Pancevo-Vrsac-border crossing with Romania (Vatin) in April last year.

When the PE Roads of Serbia opened the tender for the preparation of the Prefeasibility Study with the General Project of the E70 highway Pancevo-Vrsac-Romanian border in September 2021, it was said that the future route of the highway was the continuation of the future bypass route around Belgrade (Dobanovci-Ostruznica-Bubanj Potok-Vinca-Pancevo) and that it would be the shortest road connection of Romania, through Serbia and Montenegro, with Corridor X and south Italy and Albania, that is, with the Mediterranean basin.

The other projects in the field of road infrastructure can be viewed on our interactive map HERE.

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