The Andalusian Regional Government is working on the connection of the Almanzora motorway with the province of Granada.

The Andalusian Regional Government is working on the connection of the Almanzora motorway with the province of Granada.
In the first half of this year, the Regional Ministry of Public Works will invite tenders for the construction project to give continuity to this road axis.

The Regional Ministry of Development, Territorial Planning and Housing is drafting the feasibility study for the connection of the Almanzora dual carriageway (A-334) with Baza, in the province of Granada. These works give continuity to an infrastructure that the Andalusian Government has reactivated since 2019 with an investment of 50 million euros. This investment will allow the section that will connect the marble region with the Mediterranean Motorway (A-7), which is currently at 70 percent completion, to be put into service this year.

The feasibility study will establish an effective solution for the road on its route to Baza with updated traffic data. In addition, this study will include the design of a works schedule that will allow for economic programming and the drafting of the corresponding construction projects. Once the study has been completed, it is expected that in the first half of the year the drafting of the construction project for the first of the sections that will give continuity to this road axis will be put out to tender.

The Councillor for Development, Territorial Planning and Housing, Marifrán Carazo, recalled that the current Andalusian government “rescued an infrastructure to put an end to the numerous stumbling blocks, delays and stoppages it has suffered since work began more than 20 years ago, which have harmed the residents and the business sector of the marble region”. “As soon as we arrived at the Regional Government of Andalusia we set a timetable and clear commitments: to put an end to so many years of waiting and to promote the direct connection with the A-7, one of the main reasons for the existence of the Almanzora Dual Carriageway,” he said.

These claims have been translated into the execution of the stretches that were still pending: Concepción-El Cucador, completed in October 2021, and El Cucador-A-7, which has been under construction since the summer of 2021 and will be completed this year. Marifrán Carazo has indicated that, as the completion date approaches after an investment of 50 million euros, work is being done to “give continuity to this road axis towards the province of Granada”.

Once the works currently underway are completed, the Almanzora Dual Carriageway will have a direct connection to the Trans-European Network, one of the most important demands of the productive sector in the Almanzora Valley. The 3.6-kilometre section under construction was awarded at the end of July 2021 to the joint venture formed by the construction companies San José, Eiffage and Pérez Jiménez for 24 million euros. Along the route, the construction of two new junctions is planned, at the beginning and at the end of the section. The route crosses the Barranco del Muerto ravine by means of a 45-metre viaduct.

The Almanzora dual carriageway was conceived in 1986, when its route was included in the General Road Plan of Andalusia as a section connecting the Mediterranean dual carriageway with the Seville-Granada dual carriageway, although without specific investments in several sections or a timetable. It was not until 2005 that the first stone was laid for this infrastructure, which was included in successive infrastructure plans with a commitment to its completion.

Far from completing the works, the Regional Government of Andalusia included the Almanzora motorway in its adjustment plan to reduce the public deficit in 2010. In March 2012 the contract was signed, through a public-private partnership, for the construction, maintenance and operation of the section between Purchena and the A-7. The contract included the maintenance for 30 years from the start of the works of all the sections between Purchena and the A-7, those already in service and those which were then in the construction phase awarded to other companies. Years later, in 2018, the previous socialist government took the political decision to terminate the contract, which involved a compensation of 16.6 million euros.

 

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