Pitesti-Craiova will actually be an express road and not motorway, Transport Minister Răzvan Cuc said on Friday, during a visit in Gorj County (southern Romania). The feasibility study will be conducted in May.
One of the differences is that the highway must have an emergency lane whereas the express road does not have this obligation, digi24.ro informs.
Another difference is the lanes separator. Very often, the highway has a metal guardrail and the express roads use the so-called New Jersey guardrail, made of concrete.
Speed limit on motorways is of 130 kilometres per hour, while the speed limit on expressways is of maximum of 120 kilometres per hour. The maximum speed drops depending on the relief. In the hills and mountains it drops to 100 or 80 kilometres per hour.
Finally, a lane on an expressway is by 25 centimetres narrower than that of a motorway.
“We have announced Ford representatives that by end of May the design documentation for further execution will be finalized so that it can be launched for auction. This makes us optimistic, looking at certain deadlines. In autumn this year we know the auction winner – early next year will begin the effective implementation of the connection between Pitesti and Craiova. It is extremely important not just for Ford, but for the 600 trucks that will travel daily on the road,” Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said on Friday.