A2 motorway (Romania)

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cities = Bucharest, Feteşti, Cernavodă, Constanţa
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The A2 motorway, nicknamed The Sun's Motorway ("Autostrada Soarelui" in Romanian) is a partially built motorway in Romania which will, upon completion, link Bucharest to Constanţa, a city-port at the Black Sea shore. As of August 2007, 152 km of the motorway's total 204 km length are finished and operational from Bucharest to Cernavodă.

History

The construction of the A2 motorway between Bucharest and Constanţa began in the communist era during Nicolae Ceauşescu's regime. The first section Feteşti - Cernavodă (about 18 km) opened in 1987. This section includes the complex system of motorway and railway bridges and viaducts over the Danube and one of its branches at Cernavodă. The motorway bridge passes under the historical railway bridge built by Anghel Saligny in 1896, while the new railway in use today separates the motorway's roadways.

After the fall of the communism in 1989 the construction continued for a short period, but it was finally stopped in 1993 due to lack of financial resources. The construction continued after 1998 and the highway is to be completed by 2011.

Recent years

* In July 2004 two sections opened for traffic: Bucharest - Fundulea and Fundulea - Drajna (98 km).

* In May 2006 the 18 km segment Feteşti - Cernavodă opened for traffic, after major rehabilitation works.

* The Drajna - Feteşti section was opened for traffic on April 27, 2007.

* The final segment Cernavodă - Constanţa (52 km) will be inaugurated in early 2011.

The total distance between Bucharest and Constanţa on the A2 highway will be about 204 km.

Criticism

The main criticism is related to the lack of services along the recently-constructed motorway.

References

ee also

*Roads in Romania
*Transport in Romania

External links

* [http://www.mt.ro/autostrazi2007-2013/Evolutie%20autostrazi%202007%20_%202013_inserare_tabele.pdf Motorways in Romania 2007-2013 (pdf file)]
* [http://www.mt.ro/evenimente/arhiva_comunicate/unitati/centura_constanta.pdf Map of Constanţa bypass (pdf file)]
* [http://maps.google.com/?t=k&om=1&ll=44.407221,26.234429&spn=0.006729,0.014462 A2 on Google maps]


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