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Old July 9th, 2015, 09:32 PM   #5421
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A-7 Alcoy

Some photos of A-7 (Valencia - Alicante) in the Alcoy area. This is the newest part of A-7 in this region. The last link opened in 2011.

Some notes;

* Spanish and Valencian names appear to be used interchangeably.
* A-77 is signed already at Ibi, the relevance at this point is nil.
* CV-80 is not signed at all from A-7.


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Old July 10th, 2015, 12:13 AM   #5422
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On the A-12? Halted? Where?
Western Santo Domingo.

When did they start works?
How long have they been without working on the west of Santo Domingo?
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Old July 10th, 2015, 11:00 AM   #5423
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Some photos of A-7 (Valencia - Alicante) in the Alcoy area. This is the newest part of A-7 in this region. The last link opened in 2011.

Some notes;

* Spanish and Valencian names appear to be used interchangeably.
* A-77 is signed already at Ibi, the relevance at this point is nil.
* CV-80 is not signed at all from A-7.
why two road numbers on the sign ( a7-a77) ?
you are only driving along the a 7 motorway
i'd put the a77 sign besides alacant

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Old July 10th, 2015, 11:21 AM   #5424
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Western Santo Domingo.

When did they start works?
How long have they been without working on the west of Santo Domingo?
I explained it before: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5043

The motorway was supposed to end (temporarily) where it ends now, in Santo Domingo. What they did between Santo Domingo and Grañón was to prepare the platform for the next stretch of the motorway (Santo Domingo-Villamayor del Río), by building new over- and underpasses which allow a second carriageway. But that second carriageway is part of the next stretch, and thus the works never started, so they can't have been halted.


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Al final de la variante de Santo Domingo de la Calzada se realiza la transición de la autovía a carretera convencional. A partir de ese punto y hasta el final del tramo se mantiene una única calzada, dejando la plataforma y las estructuras preparadas para la futura duplicación. Se incluye la construcción de un puente singular sobre el arroyo Majuelos, que alberga dos tableros iguales, uno por calzada, a una cota superior a la del puente existente. La nueva estructura permite el mantenimiento del puente actual a nivel inferior con gálibo suficiente para el paso del Camino de Santiago.

Source: http://www.fomento.gob.es/Contraste/.../120705-01.htm
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Old July 10th, 2015, 01:16 PM   #5425
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A-7 Vera - Carboneras

I made a video of A-7 in eastern Andalusia, from Vera to Carboneras. It's a 50 kilometer stretch of motorway. Exit 516 is unsigned. There are no signs in advance.

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Old July 10th, 2015, 01:59 PM   #5426
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chris do you think that spanish roads are better than italian roads I mean from your experience thanks
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Old July 10th, 2015, 02:04 PM   #5427
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I have only limited driving experience in Italy, mostly near the Swiss border and some parts of Lombardy. So I can't answer that question completely. Italian toll roads are of very high quality, though some are substandard (curves, width).

Spain has a major advantage; a huge network of toll-free motorways. Italy doesn't have that to the same extent.

The driving culture in Spain seems to be much better than Italy though.
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Old July 10th, 2015, 03:47 PM   #5428
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Agreed. Spain has a pretty nice driving culture. Did this happen over time or people in Spain have a long lasting tradition of driving culture?
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Old July 10th, 2015, 04:46 PM   #5429
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It has been improving every year. My parents remember when they went on holidays, my father driving, my mother with my brother and me over her and all baggages in the rear seats.

It was quite, quite common in Spain then. In fact, when they record a series or movie based on those years, people never have the seat belt in the movie because they weren't used to get it!!!

Obviously, no seat belts (and let's not talk about airbags or so).
People drove as fast as they could and... I think it was 1992 the year we had more fatalities.

Better cars (and for instance, compulsory rear seat belts and belts in cities too...), less tolerance against infractions and better highway network made numbers getting better.
When in 2006 the point-licence-card was set up, fatalities decreased much more...


It is not an "old culture" but a quite recent change. Twenty years ago maybe a driver couldn't worry about alcohol if he was in an amusement event. Today there is a strong culture not to drink if you are going to drive.

Change (and numbers) have been important but as said... recently
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Old July 10th, 2015, 05:47 PM   #5430
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When I was a child, in the 80s, I remember nobody used to stop in crosswalks. Actually, most of drivers do. Also horning was very common.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 12:44 AM   #5431
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Anyway, we've always been pretty average when it comes to driving -we have changed with time, but so have done the French or the Germans.

I think our worst problem to this date is middle-lane hogging. I'd say 95% of drivers ignore the right lane when driving on motorways with three lanes or more.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 01:23 AM   #5432
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Thanks for your honest answer Chris..
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Old July 11th, 2015, 10:54 AM   #5433
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Spain is the only country in southern Europe with a traffic fatality rate significantly below EU average.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 11:14 AM   #5434
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It's easy to drive in Spain, much easier than in Italy for sure (have done both). Roads are excellent and I find driving culture also above average.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 02:43 PM   #5435
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A-7 Ibi - Alicante

The last photos of A-7 between Valencia and Alicante, the southernmost stretch into the desert near Alicante. The landscape becomes much more arid on the last 30 kilometers between Ibi and Alicante.

Also note, the 'urbanización' indication. That happens from time to time in Spain, but is uncommon elsewhere in Europe. These exits are serving outlying suburbanized areas that aren't really part of a town or village.


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Old July 11th, 2015, 02:46 PM   #5436
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AP-7 Circunvalación de Alicante

Some photos of toll road AP-7 from the A-7 interchange near Sant Vincent del Raspeig to A-7 near Elche. It is the western half of the Alicante bypass.

There is practically no traffic on the toll section. In theory it is a bypass for through traffic around Alicante, but in reality not much through traffic uses AP-7 along the coast, everyone uses A-35/A-31 to get through this area, so through traffic ends up not using the tolled section.

This area is particularly arid.


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Old July 11th, 2015, 09:36 PM   #5437
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Plus, traffic coming from Valencia on AP-7 can also use A-70, which is toll-free. When coming from A-7 I always take A-77 to A-70; the only downside of this route is that the interchange between these two is an awkward roundabout after a long downhill stretch where you really have to work your brakes.

I only took AP-7 "Circunvalación de Alicante" once -I didn't know the area, and signage directs you there. It's not hard to understand why Ciralsa (the concessionaire of this motorway) is broke.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 10:06 PM   #5438
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The average daily traffic on AP-7 around Alicante varies from 4,700 to 6,600 vehicles per day. That's really low for a motorway.

The least used autovías in Spain are probably RM-16 and RM-17 to the Región de Murcia International Airport. The motorways were completed in 2011, but the airport is not operational yet (apparently because it was built in a no fly zone )
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I made a video of AP-2 in Monegros desert, between Zaragoza and the Greenwich Meridian -which is signed with a nice arc that's lit at night.



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The average daily traffic on AP-7 around Alicante varies from 4,700 to 6,600 vehicles per day. That's really low for a motorway.

The least used autovías in Spain are probably RM-16 and RM-17 to the Región de Murcia International Airport. The motorways were completed in 2011, but the airport is not operational yet (apparently because it was built in a no fly zone )
The problem with this new airport is that it would force the closure of the existing San Javier airport, which depends on the central government (the new one in Corvera was built by the regional government of Murcia) and works on a profit, and there's no agreement between both governments to close it and start operating the new one. With the airport in San Javier working and no need to expand it, its a bit pointless to open another one so close. They basically started building it without even having talked about it.

The fact that there are not one but two motorways reaching the new airport is pointless anyway -what a waste of money. They thought Murcia was Dubai and built motorways just to show off what they could do -banana republic politics basically.
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Old July 12th, 2015, 01:55 PM   #5440
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This is it: Greenwich Meridian arc in AP-2 during the night

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