The representatives of the Pro Infrastructure Association accuse CNAIR of delaying the launch of tenders for supervisors and say that 400 kilometers of highway worth 6 billion euros are without a “watchdog”.
“The role of the supervisor, the site manager also called “consultant”, “FIDIC engineer” or simply “engineer”, in the field implementation of a transport infrastructure project is essential: it is ensured that the works put in place by the builder are compliant and respects the specifications, the assumed offer and the regulations in force, i.e. the necessary quality standards,” reads a message posted on the Facebook page of the Pro Infrastructure Association.
“But CNAIR is delaying the launch of tenders for these essential services or, in the sweet style of “time passes, the leaf goes on”, it drags out the public procurement procedures started more than a year ago in some cases. In the absence of a consultant who is on site every day and certifies the works performed by the contractor, abuses, “shortcuts” and “optimizations” are allowed which increase the risk of the road having long-term problems and artificially increase the builder’s profit. The contracting of the supervision is urgent on the 7 lots of the A7 Highway between Buzău and Bacău, i.e. 178 km, where the builder has entered the field or is about to start the execution (until) in the spring. The same situation on lot 3 near Buzău and on the three sectors of Bacău-Pașcani where we are bidding for works, but we expect them to be initialed with the contractors by the summer. Moreover, it is scandalous that we still do not have a supervisor on the A0 Nord highway section 2 (between Corbeanca and Afumați) even though it is fast approaching the inauguration in December 2023! The same on 1 (in appeals, we will probably have a builder by the summer) and 3 (in the process of signing a works contract)”, says the quoted source.
According to the association, there is no time to lose even on the mountain sections of the A1 Sibiu-Pitesti where the contractors will design in 2023 but probably next year they will put the machines to work: “You don’t have to be an expert to realize that you need construction site conductors for 68 kilometers through the mountain peaks on Valea Oltului and Valea Topologului. Even on the Holdea-Margina stump of the A1 there is no consultant! Also in 2024, the works should start here as well. Just these examples of highways mentioned above add up to almost 400 kilometers and have a total contract/estimated value of over 6 billion euros! And finally there are new sectors under auction, such as the A13 Boita-Făgăraș or the PNRR ends of the A8 Târgu Mureș-Târgu Neamț. Of course, they are joined by many other smaller and less publicized road projects that do not have a supervisor on site.”