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Old August 14th, 2017, 06:06 PM   #7421
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Google Earth suggests a 540 meter altitude difference between the river valley and the Monrepós Pass over a distance of 6 kilometers (southbound, climbing). That would be a 9% grade on average!

Google Earth added imagery from July 2016, originally this area had only very low resolution base imagery (virtually useless).

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Old August 14th, 2017, 06:38 PM   #7422
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A-11

The Spanish government approved last week the projects of two new A-11 sections east of Valladolid:

- Olivares de Duero - Tudela de Duero (20.2 km). Estimated cost: €102.6 M.



http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOMBPrens...f-b57e89abd0f8

- Quintanilla de Arriba - Olivares de Duero (14.5 km). Estimated cost: €127.16 M.



http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOMBPrens...1-1084a9538c7e

The new motorway will be built far from current N-122, in order to avoid any impact on the renowned vineyards of the region (Ribera del Duero).
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Old August 15th, 2017, 11:58 AM   #7423
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Besides, works are about to start on A-12 between Burgos and Ibeas de Juarros (4.2 km, 45M€ - it includes in addition 3 km of connecting roads and flyovers at the interchange with A-1).

http://burgosconecta.es/2016/11/29/f...os-de-la-a-12/
According to wikipedia, the status is still "Obras adjudicadas (pendiente inicio de obras)" which means "Works awarded (pending start of works)" according to Google Translate. Is there any news when construction works should start?

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and the duplication of N-338 near Alicante, that upon its completion will have yet another prefix: AA-11!
AA11: Los Picapiedra (A70) – Alicante-Airport (N332) ~4.5km (2016? to ?) – ? – map

Is the entire 4.5km section planned to be upgraded?
Any news if this section is already u/c or when it is expected to be started?
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Old August 15th, 2017, 12:25 PM   #7424
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According to wikipedia, the status is still "Obras adjudicadas (pendiente inicio de obras)" which means "Works awarded (pending start of works)" according to Google Translate. Is there any news when construction works should start?
No news yet. According to this press article from last April, construction works were supposed to start during this summer, but they must be still busy with the necessary expropriations.

In any event, an official ceremony is usually held at the beginning of the construction works, so it's quite likely we'll get the usual press release from the Ministry, which I'll post here, of course.

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Any news if this section is already u/c or when it is expected to be started?
Construction works were tendered 2 weeks ago: http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOMBPrens...c-9eb5ba354049

Therefore, construction will not likely start before 2018. According to the press release, the section is 4.75 km long and will have an estimated cost of €29.3 M.
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Old August 15th, 2017, 12:59 PM   #7425
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Google Earth suggests a 540 meter altitude difference between the Guarga river valley and the Monrepós Pass over a distance of 6 kilometers (southbound, climbing). That would be a 9% grade on average!

Google Earth added imagery from July 2016, originally this area had only very low resolution base imagery (virtually useless).
Of note is that there's a section where traffic will be British style, i.e. on the wrong side. So the straight shot from near the summit is actually northbound. And it won't pass through the summit, as it will run across a 2.8 km long tunnel while southbound will still go up, and I don't know how they'll handle a situation where they have to close down the Monrepos pass due to a snowstorm like it happened in early March 2014.

BTW, as I've said several times Jaca will be closer to Huesca than Huesca to Jaca (by at least 3 km) .
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Aha, that will reduce the grade for uphill traffic. N-330 is quite steep. I filmed it in June, maybe I should make a video of it.

The tunnel will not really reduce that much altitude compared to the Monrepós summit, but it will help reduce some of the steep grade by cutting through the mountain. The existing tunnels are only slightly lower than the summit.
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Old August 15th, 2017, 11:31 PM   #7427
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Aha, that will reduce the grade for uphill traffic. N-330 is quite steep. I filmed it in June, maybe I should make a video of it.

The tunnel will not really reduce that much altitude compared to the Monrepós summit, but it will help reduce some of the steep grade by cutting through the mountain. The existing tunnels are only slightly lower than the summit.
Maybe not more than 50m

When it was really opened (middle 90ish), someone said it was a mistake... tunnels are usually made to cross mountains, not to reach mountain passes... and it is becase the altitude of former Monrepos pass... is the same one than nowadays. Different traject, but same summit.

Now they have made twice same mistake. First, a 1,5 km tunnel to approach summit (you will not cross summit direction Jaca), second, a 3 km tunnel to go down and avoid curves.

In addition, direction Jaca highest point, I think it will be.... in a little bridge!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old August 15th, 2017, 11:36 PM   #7428
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A base tunnel to cross the Monrepós Pass would need to be approximately 15 kilometers long. Traffic volume on A-23 doesn't have such great potential to justify an expenditure of that magnitude.

The traffic volume on N-330 - which is a decent standard road - is only 6,500 vehicles per day. Many other countries wouldn't build a motorway for such traffic volumes, especially given the fact that N-330 is not a particularly bad road. It has wide curves, 3 lanes and no built-up areas.
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Maybe... and since a long time ago, a single tunnel
https://www.google.es/maps/@42.32822...2!8i6656?hl=es
existed to reach summit. It is not easy to arrive there without it.

But the issue is... why they didn't build a first tunnel to approach summit and a second one to cross mountain instead of a second one to reach tunnel (this is... more or less what they are going to do now direction Huesca but with lower points)
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Old August 16th, 2017, 08:05 PM   #7430
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Ma-13

The Ma-13 six-laning on Mallorca has been completed. At a cost of only € 2.6 million, a 5.7 kilometer section of the autopista to Inca has been widened from four to six lanes, between the Ma-30 interchange and Marratxí.

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Old August 16th, 2017, 08:48 PM   #7431
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Speaking of Mallorca: Ma-19 will be upgraded to motorway standards between Llucmajor and Campos (9 km). Construction works should start next year.

Source: http://www.diariodemallorca.es/part-...a/1230456.html

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Old August 16th, 2017, 11:32 PM   #7432
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The A-6 between Villafranca del Bierzo and Becerreá was one of the last stretches of "radial" (A-1 to A-6) to be opened to traffic, in the early 2000s. As can be seen in the photos, it was quite a difficult stretch, full of tunnels and viaducts. I even remember seeing adverts about its opening on the TV and in the newspapers.
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There was a large gap of A-6 by the time the other radiales were completed. Before 1997, the entire stretch from Benavente to Lugo was missing. It was opened in sections until the final section opened in 2002.
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I'm checking out the Spanish Wikipedia and there were also other stretches of "radial" that were opened in the 2000s: A-1 Altsasu-Idiazabal (18.2 km between 2002 and 2003) and the A-2 Cervera-Igualada (41.4 km between 2000 and 2004). I'm not counting stretches that had a parallel tolled motorway alternative.

It's also worth pointing out that the A-52 (Vigo) and the A-31 (Alicante) were prioritized over the A-6 (Coruña) and the A-3 (Valencia). Although Madrid-Valencia could be done entirely on autovía via Almansa.
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