A street in the centre of Ungheni was renovated by the European Union and UNDP

August 29, 2023

On 28 August, on Ungheni City Day, a 0.7-kilometer road segment was inaugurated, after its rehabilitation. The modernization of Alexandru Boico Street in the municipality of Ungheni involved the renovation of the road infrastructure of 0.7 km, the application of curbs, longitudinal and transverse markings, the installation of 50 road signs, the arrangement of six entrances to courtyards, a green area, two pedestrian crossings and the installation of lighting. The renovation works worth over €420,000 were carried out with the support of the "EU4Moldova: Focal Regions" programme financed by the EU and implemented by UNDP and UNICEF, with contributions from the Ungheni municipality.

"The European Union supports the development of local communities in Ungheni through the  ‘EU4Moldova: Focal Regions’ programme. A significant component of the programme is dedicated to improving public infrastructure. A developed infrastructure, such as Boico Street, is important for Ungheni residents, as it provides easy access, increases mobility, and cities and towns become more dynamic. It also provides opportunities for economic development, increases the attractiveness of places, improving the livelihoods of the population. I am glad to see that the Ungheni region is able to attract EU funds from various sources and implements projects successfully. I congratulate the local authorities and the residents of Ungheni and I hope they enjoy the newly renovated road," said Jānis Mažeiks, the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova.

The modernized road infrastructure benefits more than 18 entrepreneurs which operate on this section of the road, as well as the more than 3,000 employees of the Free Economic Zone.

"The renovation of this road made possible within the ‘EU4Moldova: Focal-regions’ Programme, signifies more than just a physical upgrade. It represents our collective determination to create an environment conducive to growth, innovation, and sustainable economic progress. By enhancing the infrastructure that connects our businesses and communities, we are not only alleviating congestion and improving access but also fostering an ecosystem where businesses can thrive and opportunities can flourish," mentioned Andrea Cuzyova, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative to the Republic of Moldova.

The improvement of the road infrastructure contributes to the decongestion of road traffic on the main artery of the city, provides improved conditions for car transport and access to areas with economic development. At the same time, the costs of building, maintaining and repairing adjacent roads, which were previously over-exploited, are reduced.

"Boico Street is one of the important arteries of the Ungheni municipality which, since its construction in 1972, has never been capitally repaired. The support offered by the European Union for its rehabilitation was more than welcome. Certainly, thousands of residents and visitors of Ungheni municipality will appreciate what has been done. Thanks to the ‘EU4Moldova: Focal Regions’ programme, we now have another street in Ungheni that meets all the rigors, for which we are grateful to both the financiers and the executors of the works," said Alexandru Ambros, mayor of Ungheni.

By renovating Alexandru Boico Street, which represents the access road to the Free Economic Zone, it contributes to attracting new investments in the area and increasing cooperation between representatives of public authorities and the business environment.

The construction works took place between October 2022 and July 2023.

“EU4Moldova: Focal Regions” programme (2019-2024) supports smart, inclusive, and sustainable socio-economic development in Cahul and Ungheni regions, to bring a better quality of life to citizens. The programme has a total budget of €23 million, is financed by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).