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2018-21 – Moldova, Rehabilitation of National road M14 - Section Balti - Criva

Created Nov 28 2017, 12:33 PM by Leszek Tymoteusz Zemke
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2018-21 – Moldova, Rehabilitation of National road M14 - Section Balti - Criva
Road project. Upgrade. The project is located along the M14 Brest-Briceni-Tiraspol-Odesa corridor and ensures connection between Balti, the second largest city in Republic of Moldova, and the Ukrainian border. M14 road is a part of TRACECA road network, EATL and TEN-T. The M14 route is designated European E 583 and allows access of the northern part of Moldova to Pan-European Corridor IX. Rehabilitation of the M14 road is the priority project for Eastern Partnership. At the regional level, the project is a background for economic development of the region, and undertakes the traffic volumes from North and Central Moldova and North Ukraine as regional traffic, and international transit traffic to / from the EU.

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Demand estimation from IDEA II-EaP transport model year 2030
  • Freight: 3.700 tons/day
  • Passengers: 1.700 cars/day
Technical description
Balti - Criva is a 2-3 lanes road, the route Balti - Criva is 133.3 km length, average speed - 60 km/h and there are 19 bridges involved. For project implementation is not necessary land allocation. Rehabilitation of the Balti-Criva road is a priority objective of the Government of Moldova. The objective is included in the priority program of road rehabilitation from the Strategy of Transport and Logistics for 2013-2022 elaborated by the Government in 2013.
Ministry of Transport and Road Infrastructure
Investment amount
Total estimated project cost is 133 mln EUR
FIRR - 15,6%. The investment will return in 7 years
Implementation schedule
The implementation is planned for 2018-2021
Feasibility study has been carried out. The detailed design is completed. Tender procedures are planned for 2017
Expected impacts on transport, environment, social, other
  • Regional economic development is stimulated and growth up;
  • Reduce transport costs;
  • Reduce travel time;
  • Improving road safety;
  • Improving social conditions;
  • Improving bilateral relations with Ukraine and EU countries.


Environmental impacts: Application of the mitigation measures presented in the EIA, implementation of the EMP, the addition of the special specifications to the bid documents and the construction contracts for M14 rehabilitation project will be implemented in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.


The air pollution impacts will be temporary and of short duration, and will be mitigated trough specifications that will be part of the construction contracts. These specifications should include the proper maintenance of vehicles, dust control at work sites, traffic circulation maintenance, and proper location of borrow pits, quarries, and asphalt batch plants away from villages and other sensitive sites. With implementation of these mitigation measures, air quality impacts during construction are expected to be less than significant.


After the project is completed, the traffic volumes will increase. This will increase the emission of pollutants. However, vehicles will operate at higher and more efficient speeds, thereby reducing the amount of pollution they emit per kilometer traveled.
Mitigation includes enforcing slower speeds in populated areas with speed bumps, public awareness campaigns, signage and and/or other approaches. In particularly sensitive locations, such as hospitals, sound barriers should be considered. No such sensitive receptors were identified for the M14 during the screening survey.

Cross border impacts:
Currently approximately 11% of surveyed vehicles along the M14 corridor are registered in a Country other than Moldova.  Of those 11% approximately 73% were bound for or coming from EU countries while 27% were destined from or to Russia, Ukraine and other non EU countries. Rehabilitation of Balti-Criva road will lead to diversion of traffic from North and Central Moldova due of the better road condition and higher travel speed.

Source of Funding
The project is proposed to be financed by the IFI.



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