The Regional Ministry of Development and Infrastructures is installing anti-noise screens on the Mar Menor highway, at the San Javier exit towards Murcia, with the aim of minimizing the effects of noise pollution on the people living in the vicinity of the road.
This action is part of the ‘Silence Plan’ of the regional government to promote the ecological transition in regional roads that record higher concentration of traffic, more than 3,000,000 vehicles per year, to achieve healthier environments.
The general director of Roads, Maria Casajús, and the mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, today attended the placement of 100 meters of acoustic screens on the way out of the municipality, at the height of the hamlet of Pozo Aledo, through which pass daily more than 23,000 vehicles from the highway from the Mar Menor (RM-19) and the AP-7 Cartagena-Alicante.
Casajús pointed out that “the high intensity of the traffic that circulates along this stretch, especially in summer, produces noise and affects the citizens who live in its surroundings, and for this reason we have as a priority to promote infrastructures that manage to reduce the problem and achieve healthier cities, which have a positive impact on the quality of life of the people”.
The general manager explained that the actions are aimed at “improving the sound emission caused by the intense traffic on the road, reducing the nuisance caused by noise”.
The ‘Silence Plan’ is the regional anti-noise strategy that arises from the evaluation of the noise emissions of the roads through noise maps and their effect on the population.
After this analysis, acoustic quality objectives and an action plan to reduce noise immission were established. This includes the development of actions on 202 kilometers of four roads with a high concentration of traffic, in order to minimize the nuisance caused by the circulation of vehicles.
These are the La Manga expressway (RM-12); the Noroeste (RM-15) and Mar Menor (RM-19) highways; and the Ronda Transversal de Cartagena (RM-36). In these highways, 7,000 meters of acoustic screens will be installed, which can be complemented with other systems such as earth ridges, sound-absorbing asphalt and measures to reduce speed. The ‘Silence Plan’ has a budget of 4.2 million.
This action culminates the integral improvement and reorganization carried out by the Community in the main access to San Javier, at the Pozo Aledo traffic circle. A total of 780,991 euros has been invested.
The work has been decisive for the improvement of communications in San Javier, with the commissioning of a new link that allows the direct incorporation of vehicles from the municipality to the AP-7 freeway towards Cartagena, a movement that until June could not be done. A direct lane was also provided from Pozo Aledo to the Mar Menor highway in the direction of Murcia.
Road safety was increased with the complete remodeling of the traffic circle, by enlarging the diameter, eliminating the yield inside it and installing new LED lighting.
A new pedestrian access between Pozo Aledo and San Javier was also built to provide an accessible and safer itinerary for the neighbors, under the AP-7 branch.