EU-funded Ungheni bypass to provide quicker, safer journeys in Moldova
A new bypass was recently opened in the Republic of Moldova to improve the link to the country’s border with the EU and divert heavy traffic from the city of Ungheni.
With two one-way lanes and several connecting roads, the eight-kilometre bypass will improve the country’s connection to the Romanian border, shortening the distance from the country’s capital of Chisinau by 11 kilometres. It will take people to their destination more quickly and safely, while facilitating trade between Moldova and the EU.
“The Ungheni bypass road which we open today will make this country’s connection with the European Union and with the EU border easier and more convenient,” said the Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Ambassador Peter Michalko. “It will also facilitate business and exchange of goods and merchandise, while reducing congestion and lowering pollution for the benefit of the people who live here.”
The construction of the road was financed by the EU and is part of a large-scale programme to upgrade and build key roads in the country. The programme uses various investments and grants totalling €670 million from the EU, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank and other donors.
According to the EBRD, the new road will divert at least 400 heavy-duty vehicles from the city centre of Ungheni each day. This will reduce congestion and pollution, keep the air cleaner and improve the quality of life for around 35,000 local inhabitants of the city and its surrounding areas.