The A1 (Autostrada A1 in Romanian) is currently a 111 kilometre motorway linking Bucharest, the capital of Romania, with Piteşti, a city in Argeş County. The Sibiu motorway bypass (17.5 km, not connected to the Bucharest-Piteşti segment) is also designated as part of the A1. The A1 was the first motorway to be built in Romania, and was constructed between 1968 and 1973 during the communist regime and upgraded in 2000. The motorway is planned to be expanded to 620 km by 2020, connecting the capital city of Bucharest to the Banat region in western Romania and onwards to the Central European motorway system via Hungary's M5 motorway.
Bucharest-Piteşti Motorway (Romanian: Autostrada Bucureşti - Piteşti) , 96 km long, opened for traffic in 1972. It remained the only motorway-class road in Romania for more than 15 years, until the completion of the Feteşti-Cernavodă segment (on today's A2) in 1987. The Bucharest-Piteşti segment underwent major rehabilitation works and re-opened for traffic in early 2000.
Piteşti East bypass: As an addition to the above section, a 15 km long segment of motorway, known as the Piteşti East bypass, opened in November 2007 in order to divert traffic from Piteşti city centre. An underpass in the Bascov area (north of Piteşti) was also built to connect the A1 motorway to DN7. The project was fully completed in late 2008.