Overpass builders to be fined

4. Juli 2006, 00:00

Romanian Transport Minister Radu Berceanu announced that the companies that built the overpasses at Otopeni would be...

Romanian Transport Minister Radu Berceanu announced that the companies that built the overpasses at Otopeni would be fined because of the poor quality of the works and delays in their completion.

"It is good that the traffic was relieved, but many of the works are of poor quality. The ones which involve design, which were not presented in the initial projects, will be rebuilt with budget funds, while the rest will be repaired at the expense of the constructors," Berceanu said during a visit to the construction site. 

He added that the constructors will be penalized for each day that works exceed the deadline. Berceanu identified several problems, such as the quality of the roads underneath the overpasses, the water-draining installations and the poor connection between the roads from Otopeni Bridge and the Ploiesti section.

"Given the amounts of money paid and the current requirements in the field of construction, the works completed have not been satisfactory," Berceanu said. 

The two overpasses were built by Italian company Astaldi and Austrian company Alpine constructed the road connecting them. The value of the contracts is around EUR 16 million.

If the companies do not solve the problems, the respective companies might not get other contracts in Romania.

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