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Old June 27th, 2012, 03:22 AM   #2881
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Stretch Fuengirola-Estepona, since July 2011. As of today, several towns affected by this measure have asked Ministerio de Fomento to restore the old 100 km/h speed limit.

This motorway has no shoulders and many interchanges don't have acceleration lanes at all; some streets even meet the roadway with a "stop" sign. 100 km/h seemed fine though, mainly because the most dangerous stretches were already limited to 80 km/h.

I tend to approach conspiracy theories with caution, but there is a toll motorway (120 km/h) parallel to A-7 in which traffic has slowed down noticeably because of recession. Some years ago I read an article in a US magazine that talked about abusive clauses in contracts with toll motorway operators involving speed limit reductions and downgrading in existing toll-free roads.


Like A-70 in Alicante, the government changed the E-15 from the original A-7 strength in Alicante Capital (actual A-70) to the new tolled motorway AP-7.

Actually the A-70 has more traffic than '00s and AP-7 is virtually bankrupt.
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Old June 29th, 2012, 05:05 PM   #2882
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A new motorway interchange opened in Asturias today, the A-64 / AS-I cloverturbine interchange near Pola de Siero. Initially both motorways crossed each other without the option to change roads. The new motorway interchange has cost € 53 million.



Meanwhile a missing link of the A-40 opened to traffic today south of Madrid, between Villarrubia de Santiago and Santa Cruz de la Zarza to be exact. This completes the A-40 between Ocaña and Cuenca for a distance of 120 kilometers.

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Old June 29th, 2012, 05:30 PM   #2883
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Is there any project to construct a proper access from Granollers to AP7? The current setup is just incredibly awkward, after all it is a city with over 100.000 people and still lack a proper connection to the main motorway passing just a few km outside.
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Old June 29th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #2884
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So how many km of A8 is still missing? Is it all under construction? When are they planning to finish it?
Nowadays there are 81,9 km of Cantabrian Highway under construction, as you have said. According to current year Spanish Government Budget, these are the amounts of money planned to be invested in 2012, and estimations for next years up to 2015.

( x 1000 €)
section (length) - year start - year end - 2011 - 2012 - Est. 2013 - Est. 2014 - Est. 2015

CANTABRIA (28,0 km)
Solares-La Encina (13,5 km) - 2006 - 2016 - 300,00 - 2.006,08 - 11.942,39 - 15.888,02 - 18.487,21
La Encina-Torrelavega (14,5 km) - 2006 - 2016 - 300,00 - 2.005,77 - 10.411,54 - 16.279,40 - 18.114,29

ASTURIAS (39,9 km)
Llanes-Pendueles (10,9 km) - 2007 - 2013 - 21.000,00 - 16.880,37 - 29.630,56
Pendueles-Unquera (11,6 km) - 2007 - 2013 - 27.000,00 - 27.934,69 - 128.554,60
Muros de Nalón-Las Dueñas (8,2 km) - 2007 - 2012 - 134,10 - 435,40
Otur-Villapedre (9,2 km) - 2005 - 2013 - 587,17 - 122,80 - 217,94

GALICIA (14,0 km)
Mondoñedo-Lindín (4,7 km) - 2005 - 2013 - 3.300,00 - 26.365,45 - 26.181,10
Lindín-Careira (9,3 km) - 2005 - 2013 - 3.000,00 - 21.735,83 - 23.404,81

TOTAL (81,9 km)

So, all sections would be finished by the end of next year, except 28 km between Solares and Torrelavega, which will delay at least until 2016. In this case, there is an alternative toll-f r e e highway by Santander. This alternative way is a bit longer with heavy traffic, but is probably worthy.

Anyway, please note that, unfortunately, it is impossible to assure that these estimated amounts for the following years will not be reduced, taking into account the national economic background.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 05:29 PM   #2885
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Is there any project to construct a proper access from Granollers to AP7? The current setup is just incredibly awkward, after all it is a city with over 100.000 people and still lack a proper connection to the main motorway passing just a few km outside.
Granollers has a motorway-like road (C-17) right next to it. Plus, C-17 can be entered from AP-7 at Mollet interchange. B-40 is also a good way to enter the city. The problem is that the only exit that says "Granollers" leaves you in the middle of nowhere, but there are alternatives.

I don't think Granollers has many reasons to complain about its roads, it is the only medium-sized city in the area that has a full purpose-built ringroad and access to and from nearby motorways.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #2886
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A-22 at Almacelles (Catalonia) will be open soon.
With it, it will be possible to go from Lerida until Sietamo, with only 12 km pending to arrive Huesca and motorway A-23 (E-07)

It will be the fastest way from Basque country to Catalonia... and except some km, almost free!!
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Old June 30th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #2887
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Catalan regional government has announced that the whole 150 kilometers of C-25 between Cervera and Riudellots de la Selva will open at once in January 2013. I'm not sure if this will be the biggest single motorway opening in Spain.

Some pictures of the works:







Ecoducts like these are very uncommon in Spain:



This road opened in 1995 as a single-carriageway, grade-separated facility, but bridges and junctions were not designed to host another carriageway. So, works have not been limited to pour tarmac next to the existing road. The most complex stretch, between Vic and Girona, features 11 tunnels (longest one is 1.440 m) and 18 viaducts.

Click here for the press release I took the photos from.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 11:38 PM   #2888
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Catalan regional government has announced that the whole 150 kilometers of C-25 between Cervera and Riudellots de la Selva will open at once in January 2013. I'm not sure if this will be the biggest single motorway opening in Spain.
AP-36 currently leads the way with 150 kilometers on 27 July 2006.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 11:46 PM   #2889
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I see. I think C-25 is a bit longer though.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 11:54 PM   #2890
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It appears very unlikely to me that the entire widening of C-25 will be completed on the same day, given this is an existing road with likely a large amount of construction segments.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 11:55 PM   #2891
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AP-36 is a 2x2 motorway. I think that what verreme wanted to say is that it is the longest road 1x1 with motorway characteristics. This is... a carriageway 1x1 ready to be set some day as a 2x2.

It existed the "via rapida" in Spain, pointed in green and it was the longest built.

A-43 at Tomelloso had that green signals too for about 15 km.


And as an example this strech of N-232 out of Fuentes de Ebro was built with a motorway characteristics even if it is a 1x1
https://maps.google.es/maps?q=fuente...ag%C3%B3n&z=13

In the road details they said it had to be ready for a 2x2. That means all bridges, tunnels, land remove... had to be prepared for a parallel carriageway.
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Old July 1st, 2012, 06:02 PM   #2892
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It appears very unlikely to me that the entire widening of C-25 will be completed on the same day, given this is an existing road with likely a large amount of construction segments.
Some municipalities wanted the most advanced stretches to be opened first, but Catalan road authority wants everything to be finished at the same time. Maybe some stretches will be ready a few days sooner, but the opening date is the same for all the length of the road. Only Manresa bypass opened before, but it was already built as a 2x2 road and widened to full motorway spec in 2010.

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AP-36 is a 2x2 motorway. I think that what verreme wanted to say is that it is the longest road 1x1 with motorway characteristics. This is... a carriageway 1x1 ready to be set some day as a 2x2.

It existed the "via rapida" in Spain, pointed in green and it was the longest built.

A-43 at Tomelloso had that green signals too for about 15 km.
No, I said that the whole road will open the same day. In Spain roads open by short stretches, and 150 km openings have been very unlikely.

"Eix Transversal" was actually a "via ràpida"; you can see the signs in Google Street View. This concept disappeared from Spanish road laws in 2000, but the signs took some 10 more years to go.
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 01:03 AM   #2893
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No, I said that the whole road will open the same day. In Spain roads open by short stretches, and 150 km openings have been very unlikely.

I am not sure in km.

In december 1991 the A-2 (N-II then) was almost open except a little strech between El Frasno and La Almunia south. I remember that La Almunia south-La Almunia north had been opened one year ago and La Almunia-Zaragoza was opened maybe in 1987.

El Frasno-La Almunia was opened in 1993 finishing there the A-2 between Madrid and Zaragoza.

From Madrid I do not know which parts where opened before 1991. Madrid-Guadalajara sure, but later I do not know if a little strech or something similar.

And as example, Alcolea del Pinar (north of Guadalajara)-El Frasno is 120 km. So should they had to open at least 30 km before, it is more than 150 km.

And they were open at the same time in december 1991
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Old July 4th, 2012, 01:08 AM   #2894
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After more than 10 years, N-260 Yebra de Basa-Fiscal will be open next weekend!!

It will be a new road (no other alternatives in 20 km around) and a faster way to get into central Pyrenees

http://maps.google.es/maps?saddr=yeb...=h&mra=ls&z=11

At Sabiñanigo, the motorway Huesca-Pamplona is under works.
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Old July 4th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #2895
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A video of A-2 from Barcelona to Abrera. This stretch opened in 1998 and handles 130,000 vehicles per day.



(Better go to Youtube and watch in HD quality).

The viaducts you can see at 4:42 are another never-ending project that started construction 5 years ago and is currently halted due to budget cuts. They could have been ready before recession, but appeals from neighbouring municipalities slowed construction and when they were solved there was no cash. Finishing them does not require much money, as they are short and almost complete, but it's been years since machines and workers left the site. However, a diversion in road C-1413a (which has an AADT of 17,500) is still in place, and so do a really dangerous intersection on top of a crest and a 40 km/h speed limit with temporary road markings and speed bumps. Plus, Llobregat river is still full of construction materials.

This is not uncommon at all in Spain, and growing budget cuts means it's going to stay with us for a while.
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Old July 5th, 2012, 12:08 PM   #2896
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Also, a 10-km stretch of the A-12 has been opened. It's the bypass of Santo Domingo de la Calzada: http://goo.gl/maps/p9OS
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I see. It opened June 20th according to noticiasdelarioja.net
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Yep, there has not been any official opening AFAIK (there are some minor details pending, according to that newspaper). I've been told today, by a friend, that it was already open

Fomento:
La ministra de Fomento, Ana Pastor, viajará mañana jueves, 5 de julio, a La Rioja, donde a las 16:55 horas visitará el tramo Hervías - Grañón de la autovía del camino de Santiago A-12.
http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOM/LANG_...CONVOCATORIAS/

Maybe that means the official inauguration is today.
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Fomento:
La ministra de Fomento, Ana Pastor, viajará mañana jueves, 5 de julio, a La Rioja, donde a las 16:55 horas visitará el tramo Hervías - Grañón de la autovía del camino de Santiago A-12.
http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOM/LANG_...CONVOCATORIAS/

Maybe that means the official inauguration is today.
Yes, that's what it seems to be
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Old July 5th, 2012, 01:23 PM   #2898
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Last year, I drove over the A-1 Burgos - Madrid and it was a mess. They were reconstructing the road right? How far are they now?
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The works on the main carriageways are finished.
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Old July 5th, 2012, 04:24 PM   #2900
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Last year, I drove over the A-1 Burgos - Madrid and it was a mess. They were reconstructing the road right? How far are they now?


Driving here, on A-4 or A-2 will be a "new world" if you take a look again.
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