The stretch of highway between Olula and Fines goes out to tender

The Junta de Andalucía will continue the Almanzora Highway with the tender for the drafting of the project for a new 3.8 kilometer section in its section between Olula del Río and Fines. This project will provide continuity to the highway towards Granada after the seven kilometers were put into service at the end of September to connect the Almanzora region with the Mediterranean Highway (A-7). 

The Minister of Development, Territorial Articulation and Housing, Rocío Díaz, has indicated that the Government of Juanma Moreno “compliments with this tender” with its objective of extending this road axis “not only to more municipalities in the marble region, but also towards the region of Baza.” “The best guarantee of the current Andalusian Government is the 50 million euros invested to settle that historical debt contracted with the people of Almería and that the previous governments did not know how to execute in 30 years,” said the counselor, after insisting that a few months ago It was possible to connect the Almanzora Highway with the A-7.  

This contract will design the extension of the highway in a section between kilometer points 59.7, near Fines, and 56.2, near Olula del Río. At this point it would coincide with the link with the A-349 highway, from Tabernas to Olula del Río through Macael. This section will further improve connections with the region where Macael marble is extracted and sold. In addition, it will impact the level of service, road safety and network functionality in this area. 

The study section has a length of 3,800 meters that begins at the junction of the A-334 with the A-349. The section ends next to the current Fines interchange, to which it will be connected by a new connecting branch.

The Junta de Andalucía will invest 347,759 euros in this contract to draft the new project. Companies interested in writing it have until July 22 to submit their offers on the electronic platform of the Junta de Andalucía (Sirec).

History of the Almanzora Highway

The Almanzora highway was designed in 1986, when its route was included in the preparation of the General Highway Plan of Andalusia as a section connecting the Mediterranean highway with the Seville-Granada highway, although without specific investments in several sections or forecast temporary. It was not until 2005 when the first stone of this infrastructure was laid, which was included in successive infrastructure plans with the commitment to its completion.

Far from completing the works, the previous governments included the Almanzora Highway in their adjustment plan to reduce the public deficit in 2010. In March 2012, the contract was signed, through public-private collaboration, to build, conserve and exploit the section of the highway between Purchena and the Mediterranean Highway (A-7). Years later, in 2018, they made the political decision to terminate the contract with compensation of 16.6 million.

With the arrival of Juanma Moreno to the Government in 2019, the Almanzora Highway is resumed with the execution of two sections with an investment of more than 50 million euros. The connection of the Almanzora Highway with the Mediterranean Highway occurred on September 25, 2023, with the inauguration of seven kilometers of highway corresponding to the El Cucador-Concepción and Concepción-A-7 sections. With this action, the connection with the Almanzora region is improved and, specifically, with municipalities such as Zurgena, Huércal-Overa, Fines, Albox and Cantoria. 

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