By Daphne Hilarides
THE San Pedro de Alcantara underpass is finally open to traffic after five years of work.
It was inaugurated by the Minister of Public Works, Ana Pastor The local mayor, Angeles Muñoz, says it was a “grand” day for Marbella because the A-7 underpass is a major project in the town and delays have prevented adequate development of the area.
This much-awaited infrastructure is expected to relieve San Pedro of 70,000 cars on a daily basis.
Despite many setbacks in the construction, which was due to end in 2009 and has cost more than €85 million, the underpass will now prevent the frequent traffic build-ups in the area. Some of the problems they had to face were the economic crisis, which resulted in delays in paying providers and workmen, and several other construction stoppages due to flooding and water damage. Because of this, it is a relief for both citizens and politicians alike that construction of this ambitious project has finally come to an end.
Residents and business owners in the area are relieved that things will finally be back to normal. Some businesses say they have barely been able to remain open.