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ROAD SAFETY AND TEN-T CONNECTIVITY RUSE-GIURGIU (RO BG-418) Investing in Road Safety and Improving the Connectivity of Ruse Municipality and Giurgiu County to TEN-T Transport Network

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable and safe mobility of people and goods in the CBC area by applying coordinated cross-border actions for the improvement and maintenance of the road infrastructure connected to the TEN-T network and using joint mechanisms for planning and common actions in the field traffic safety and security.

What’s the budget?

6,326,447.21 euro, out of which 5,377,480.12 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Ruse Municipality

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Territorial Administrative Unit – Giurgiu Town

When is it happening?

Start date: 15.08.2018

End date: 14.02.2022

Duration: 42 months

Where is it happening?

Giurgiu (Romania)

Ruse (Bulgaria)

How is it going to happen?

  • Reconstruction and modernization of 3.1 km of road covering the key for the City of Ruse Blvd. "Treti Mart" and the connected to it Bridge "Sarayski
  • Delivery of equipment for cross-border traffic monitoring and road security in Giurgiu County
  • Development of a Joint Traffic Security Strategy for Ruse-Giurgiu CBC Region
  • Conducting joint awareness campaigns for traffic security education of the population in partnership with relevant stakeholder institutions on both sides of the border.

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 3.1 km of reconstructed or upgraded roads

3 joint mechanisms to facilitate the connection of secondary/tertiary nodes to TEN-T infrastructure (e.g. route guidance, incidents/emergencies detection and management, studies on traffic flows, feasibility studies addressing cross-border

Programme results: 210,000 Cross border population served by modernized infrastructure leading to TEN-T.

Project status (reflected in progress reports)

The project is under implementation and important steps have been done for the main activities of the project.

Two initial joint kick-off press conferences were carried out in the beginning of the project – one in Ruse and one in Giurgiu.

Under Activity T1 “Implementation of joint mechanisms”, both project beneficiaries have already signed contract: LB – Ruse Municipality for “Carrying out joint awareness campaigns for traffic security education of the population in partnership with relevant stakeholder institutions on both sides of the border”. Within the frame of the service contract, the LB performed the first educational campaign which took place in Ruse in the end of October 2020. 50 students took part and stakeholder representatives. The second educational campaign took place in Giurgiu in the middle of May 2021, with 58 students as participants part as well as Romanian stakeholder representatives.

For the Activity T.1 “Implementation of joint mechanisms”, B2 – Giurgiu County Council signed several contracts for purchasing of road Maintenance equipment for the Giurgiu County Road Department. For all six lots of the procedure ( Lot 1 – Autogreder, Lot 2 – Asphalt finisher, Lot 3 - Articulated Tandem Vibrating Roller, Lot 4 - Asphalt cutter, Lot 5 - Pillars Beating Installation For Vehicle Parapet and Lot 6 - 8x4 Dump Truck With Snow Removal Equipment), B2 signed contracts and the major part of respective equipment is delivered already at B2` premises.

In addition, the procedure for DJTADJCT was finalized, with the acquisition of the envisaged equipment: Lot 1 - the equipment was given in free use to the Council Directorate for Transport and Lot 2 – the equipment also given in free use to Council Directorate for Transport.

B2 – TAU Giurgiu County signed the joint strategy elaboration service contract and the draft of the joint traffic security strategy was drew up and sent to the LB, local Romanian and Bulgarian stakeholders for consultation/modifications, suggestions (if case), therefore the document is in public consultation in order to reach the final version to be approved.

On behalf of the LB – Ruse Municipality, the public procurement procedure for elaboration of technical design, exercising author supervision and infrastructure and work related to the “Reconstruction and modernization of 3.1 km of road covering the key for the City of Ruse Blvd. "Treti Mart" and the connected to it Bridge "Sarayski” was finalized with signed execution contract. Following the elaboration of the Technical Project, the Chief Architect of Ruse Municipality approved the investment design for Stages I - “Treti mart” blvd. from the road junction “Saraya” (km 0 + 341.58) to the intersection with “Kapitan Raycho Nikolov” str. (km 1+551.88)” and Stage II “Treti mart” blvd. from the intersection with “Kapitan Raycho Nikolov” (km 1+551.88) to the connections with road РП I-5 “Ruse - V. Tarnovo”, which allowed the start of execution of the construction of these stages. Currently, the implementation of the main types of construction works in Stage I and Stage II have been completed and officially putted in use with Act 16 issued. In regards to the works execution for Stage 3 “The bridge facility at the road junction „Saraya“, incl. road connections to the node) started since month September 2020. Currently, the works performed by the Water Supply Company large scale project are finalized and it is expected to restart the execution of the remaining works of the Stage 3 – bridge facility at road junction "Saraya", incl. the road connections to the junction” until the first half of October 2021, respectively to be finalized until the beginning of November 2021.

Through the complete finalization of the works in Stage 1 – “Treti mart” blvd. from the road junction “Saraya” (km 0 + 341.58) to the intersection with “Kapitan Raycho Nikolov” str. (km 1+551.88)” and Stage II “Treti mart” blvd. from the intersection with “Kapitan Raycho Nikolov” (km 1+551.88) to the connections with road РП I-5 “Ruse - V. Tarnovo”, the project is contributing already with 2.7 km of road facilitating access to TEN-T network out of total 3.1 km foreseen.

Moreover, a traffic light system with 2 LED indicators and 5 road signs have been installed in the zone West of the border crossing point on the Bulgarian side to monitor the traffic on the bridge and prevent the formation of truck tails on it.

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