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Old May 15th, 2017, 05:12 PM   #7021
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A-7

A-7 will be extended 6 km from its current northern end in La Móra (within the city boundaries of Tarragona) to Torredembarra, replacing the current national road (N-340).

The main purpose of this extension is to connect A-7 with AP-7 (toll motorway) at Torredembarra interchange, as currently the old N-340 is a bottleneck for traffic going from A7 to AP-7.

Works could start in 2018 for opening in 2021.



Source: http://www.diaridetarragona.com/tarr...-torredembarra
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The connection between AP-68 and N-232 east of Logroño opens to traffic tomorrow.

http://www.larioja.com/la-rioja/2017...515132929.html

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Old May 15th, 2017, 10:20 PM   #7023
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Old May 16th, 2017, 12:01 AM   #7024
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A-7 will be extended 6 km from its current northern end in La Móra (within the city boundaries of Tarragona) to Torredembarra, replacing the current national road (N-340).

The main purpose of this extension is to connect A-7 with AP-7 (toll motorway) at Torredembarra interchange, as currently the old N-340 is a bottleneck for traffic going from A7 to AP-7.

Works could start in 2018 for opening in 2021.



Source: http://www.diaridetarragona.com/tarr...-torredembarra
That basically means they're going to build a second carriageway to the existing bypass.

It's very good news anyway. This stretch is very congested and most traffic disappears at the junction with AP-7, which is the end of this scheme. Even in a not-so-distant future when AP-7 becomes toll free, it makes much sense to extend A-7.
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Old May 16th, 2017, 10:36 AM   #7025
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The connection between AP-68 and N-232 east of Logroño opens to traffic tomorrow.

http://www.larioja.com/la-rioja/2017...515132929.html

Good news

A diagram from the local newspaper:


It says that the roundabout and the toll plaza will be eliminated when/if the AP-68 becomes toll-free south of Logroño.
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Old May 16th, 2017, 12:13 PM   #7026
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As already pointed out by other forumers, last week the construction of two motorway sections in Galicia and Aragón was awarded by the Spanish government:

A-54 Melide - Palas de Rei 11.7 km €70.87M



Official press release (in Spanish): http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOMBPrens...9-519ead7323d3

A-68 Gallur - Mallén 14.4 km €49.75M



Official press release (in Spanish): http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOMBPrens...f-a785c8895351
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Old May 16th, 2017, 02:51 PM   #7027
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Aragonese one is single, as said, cheapest around all Europe but junction in Mallen is a roundabout over motorway. Maybe the most complicated infrastructure
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Old May 17th, 2017, 09:57 PM   #7028
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Good news

A diagram from the local newspaper:


It says that the roundabout and the toll plaza will be eliminated when/if the AP-68 becomes toll-free south of Logroño.
A video I've just shot this evening:

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Old May 20th, 2017, 01:17 PM   #7029
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A-1

Plans to upgrade A-1 north of Madrid are starting to take shape, with the beginning of the public consultation phase of the informative study (sorry for the literal translation from Spanish ).

Currently A-1 suffers a lot of congestion on its first 30 km due to the existence of important residential and industrial areas on both sides of the motorway. Near Alcobendas it has an AADT of 140,000, reduced to 40,000 in El Molar.

The project includes the construction of 9.5 km of new motorway between the end of M-12 near Barajas (Madrid Airport) and the current Club de Campo and Circuito del Jarama interchange (where currently the 2x3 A-1 section ends). In the remaining 14 km between said interchange and El Molar, the current 2x2 A-1 alignment will be widened to 2x3 + 2x2 (service roads on each side of the motorway), meaning a real capacity of 2x5.



Official press release (in Spanish): http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOMBPrens...d-a105a4db4fd4
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Old May 20th, 2017, 01:32 PM   #7030
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The project includes the construction of 9.5 km of new motorway between the end of M-12 near Barajas (Madrid Airport) and the current Club de Campo and Circuito del Jarama interchange (where currently the 2x3 A-1 section ends)
Will the existing (future parallel) A-1 remain opened or will it be decommissioned?

Will the entire A-1 up to El Molar get 2x5 or only the northern or only the new southern segment?

Why do you need 2x5 for 40,000 vehicles/day near El Molar?
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Old May 20th, 2017, 02:09 PM   #7031
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Will the existing (future parallel) A-1 remain opened or will it be decommissioned?
It will remain opened as it will still be the main communication axis for Alcobendas and San Sebastián de los Reyes (combined population 200,000), as well as necessary for traffic coming from A-1 to northern and western Madrid (while the new alignment will be used by traffic going to southern and eastern Madrid).

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Will the entire A-1 up to El Molar get 2x5 or only the northern or only the new southern segment?
I guess the new southern segment will probably be 2x3, given that the press release doesn't provide additional information about service lanes (whereas it expressly states that there will be in the northern section). Besides, the new alignment will be built far from built-up areas, so these additional collector/service lanes aren't really necessary.

On the other hand, there's already a 5km 2x5 section between exits 23 and 28, and the 6km section between Circuito del Jarama (exit 28) and San Agustín de Guadalix (exit 34) will be probably widened to 2x5 before works start on the rest of the scheme, according to the press release.

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Why do you need 2x5 for 40,000 vehicles/day near El Molar?
I don't know whether the section between San Agustín de Guadalix and El Molar really needs that higher capacity. As far as I know, there are always traffic jams on that section of A-1 during weekends and holidays, given that A-1 is the main access from Madrid to the touristic towns of the "sierra" (mountain range north of Madrid), and the "Cantabric" (Bay of Biscay) coast.

The widening to just 2x3 would therefore be a good solution, but at the same time aerial footage shows that this is a typical Spanish case of an old national road turned into a motorway (probably in the late 80s) by adding another carriageway, which results in the existence of several businesses (namely restaurants and petrol stations) alongside the current motorway alignment. Hence, it is necessary to provide some access to all these businesses, which probably can only be done with additional collective lanes.
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Old May 20th, 2017, 05:33 PM   #7032
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What about M-12? If A-1 feeds into M-12 for traffic getting onto M-40, they would have to pay tolls and we know how successful toll roads around Madrid are.
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I thought about that... I guess coming from the new A-1 most drivers will leave M-12 before the toll plaza, taking M-13 and M-14 through the old Airport terminals (T1-T2-T3) to reach M-40, thus avoiding the tolls of M-12. That's what most people currently do when driving to the airport's newest terminal (T4). Almost nobody pays the toll of M-12.
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Old May 20th, 2017, 06:31 PM   #7034
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By the way, in order to make people pay the M-12 tolls, a few years ago they made this to M-110, an alternative free-of-charge dual carriageway for traffic going from A-1 to the airport:

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Source: http://www.nacionrotonda.com/2014/12...10-madrid.html

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Old May 20th, 2017, 10:19 PM   #7036
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What about M-12? If A-1 feeds into M-12 for traffic getting onto M-40, they would have to pay tolls and we know how successful toll roads around Madrid are.
Or a count-car-meter or that stuff and paying to company according to traffic.


In Aragon, should you leave Zaragoza with the A-2, you can, free, take tolled AP-2 and five km later ARA-A-1.

There is a counter and according to traffic, Aragonese government pays AP-2 company for those 5 km they have made in the tolled motorway (and by the way, AFAIK, it is considered southborn traffic only and doubled later to take count of number of cars)

https://www.google.es/maps/@41.57944...!3m1!1e3?hl=es
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I thought about that... I guess coming from the new A-1 most drivers will leave M-12 before the toll plaza, taking M-13 and M-14 through the old Airport terminals (T1-T2-T3) to reach M-40, thus avoiding the tolls of M-12. That's what most people currently do when driving to the airport's newest terminal (T4). Almost nobody pays the toll of M-12.
We were trolled by that once. From that time is the only section of M-40 I have clinched, from M-12 to M-14/M-21. Too bad M-40 has no direct interchange with A-2, and we got lost trying to get to the Zaragoza road. If we took the route I had in mind now I would have clinched A-2 (or N-II where A-2 doesn't exist) from the Eisenhower autobahnkreuz all the way to Barcelona! At least I have done M-21 instead.
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A14: Alguaire – Lleida (A2) ~8km (October 2013 to May 2017) – ? – map
Delayed again, now to late June 2017.

Source: http://www.segre.com/noticies/comarq...9163_1091.html
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A-7

A-7 will be extended in the northern part of the province of Castellón, from its current end in Vilanova d'Alcolea (near Castellón airport) to Traiguera (48 km). The public consultation phase of the project has now started. It has an expected cost of € 349.7 M.



Although north of Castellón A-7 is sometimes still signposted as CV-10 (also in Google Maps), it was transferred from Valencia's regional government to the Spanish State a few years ago.

Source: http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOMBPrens...6-dfe40f64b9c8
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I hope it's never built. When toll collection ends in AP-7, which is set to happen in 2021 IIRC, a parallel motorway would be useless.

They should widen AP-7 to 2x3 instead, because when it becomes toll-free it will be crowded. In fact, most of AP-7 will need one more lane when this happens. I hope we'll see more 2x3, 2x4 and even 2x5 sections along this axis.
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