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Transalpina Romania: Track on mountain top

By Edited May 11, 2015 1 0

Transalpina runs through four counties - Gorj, Valcea, Sibiu, Alba - crossing the Parang mountains from south to north, with the highest altitude it on a piece of about 20 km, in Valcea county, which is presented as a "highway ridge ".

After the start  of the modernization, in 2009, the road was paved only from Novaci to Rânca (1,600 m), now the road is paved until SebeÅŸ.

The beginnings of this road are unclear. Some sources say it was built first by the Roman legions during the Dacian wars, which is why history is passed on maps as "strategic corridor IV novel".
There is a local legend that says that the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, each family participated in the construction of a portion of the road, depending on its physical and financial possibilities.
According to other sources, and paved road was built by the Germans during World War I, military reasons, but it was very little used. The fact is that the road known as "Devil's Path" was originally a mountain path, used by shepherds in Sibiu Mărginimea to cross the mountains with their sheep in the Romanian Country.
In his History of Austrian sucking Oltenia (1718-1739), historian Constantin C. Giurescu shows that since 1731 the Austrian authorities proposed a road Carpathian old road route linking Transylvania and Oltenia transhumance.
Given the lessons of World War I, King Charles II wanted to have available a strategic road for mountain artillery, rides, which can be crossed by troops moving between Wallachia and Transylvania.  In determining the route path, Prime Minister George Tatarascu left the mountain from the Lotru Novaci, accompanied by 20 riders from Novaci, led by teacher John D. Giurgiulan. Following this action, George Tatarascu inaugurated the construction of the road on the plateau Novaciului.
King decided restoration work took place înperioada 1934 to 1939. At the opening of the road, in 1939, he attended King Charles II, accompanied by the future King Michael I, and Prime Minister George Tatarescu and his wife Aretha. They have traveled the entire route of the road aboard a jeep, driving was situated King Charles II.  After the inauguration, the road was known as Royal Road or King's Way, a term that has replaced popular name Devil's Path.
The road was rehabilitated during the Second World War, the Germans needed this access route for military reasons. Since then he has been very little maintenance.
After the revolution of 1989 the road was not maintained, some retaining walls were dismantled and used stones were excluded from the realization foundations of houses being built in Hell's Kitchen.

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