On 30th April 2015, EASST’s partner the Automobile Club of Moldova presented a Risk Map for major national roads in Moldova within the SENSoR (South Eastern Neighbourhood Routes) project. Risk mapping of national roads is an essential aspect to construction of safer roads for all road users. The Risk Map was of great interest for authorities involved in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of national roads, as well as for the international financial institutions that are interested in investing in reconstruction processes and new projects.

The SENSOR project objective is “to build a South East Europe free of high-risk roads”

According to the map, one of the routes with a higher risk of road traffic collisions is the road linking the capital with Soroca – a city in the north of Moldova. In the same list are also the Căuşeni-Bender road segments, and Leova – Cantemir – Cahul route. Other sections of national roads connecting the capital with the cities of Vulcăneşti, Cimislia, Bender, Calarasi fall into the category with medium-high risk routes. Roads Leova – Hânceşti and Sculeni – Ungheni were rated by experts as being at medium risk for drivers. The risk mapping was carried out predominantly on the roads where statistics on road accidents and traffic volume were available.

The event was attended by authorities working in the field of road safety, representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Road Infrastructure, State Road Administration, the General Secretary of the National Road Safety Council, National Patrol Inspectorate and other representatives of institutions involved in road engineering in Moldova.

On 28 – 29th April, a workshop for Moldovan road engineers was conducted, also within the SENSOR project. The participants received useful recommendations for road engineering, in particular for the road segment R34 that will be rehabilitated in the near future.

SENSOR is based on the cooperation between automobile clubs, research institutes and road authorities, co-funded by the European Union and South-East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme. The latter is a unique tool in the Territorial Cooperation objective and aims to improve the integration and competitiveness of a complex and diverse area. South East Europe Programme supports the development of partnerships in areas of strategic importance to improve the process of territorial, economic and social cohesion and contribute to the stability and competitiveness of the region. In this context, it aims to achieve high quality projects, strategic results-oriented and relevant for the program area.

SENSOR is coordinated by the Make Roads Safe Hellas (Greece) and brings together partners from 8 countries from South Eastern Europe – Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Moldova, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Moldova this project is implemented and coordinated by the Automobile Club of Moldova, with the support of the State Chancellery.

SEE SENSOR project objective is “to build a South East Europe free of high-risk roads”. In the context of a safe system approach, with simultaneous complementary action to improve the behavior of road users, vehicles and the road infrastructure construction, its purpose is to save as many lives as possible with the available financial resources. For more details please visit: www.sensorproject.eu.

This project is a continuation of the EuroRAP project in Moldova launched in 2010 with government support. Within EuroRAP project more than 2,500 km of road Moldovan network were assessed, and appropriate recommendations were developed in the Safer Roads Investment Plans (more details here http://goo.gl/T5m2TA).