THREE non-existent N-332 bypasses are millstones round the ministry of Public Works’ neck.
The N-332 is one of the busiest main roads in Spain and has been described as one of the most dangerous although bypasses have eliminated most of the former blackspots. Benidorm’s ring-road was a death trap in itself, however, until it was widened and more lanes added last year.
But hold ups still face N-332 drivers at different points of the Marina Baja and in the Marina Alta on the other side of Mascarat because neither Altea, Benissa nor Gata de Gorgos have ring roads.
Altea wants a bypass but no-one wants to give up the necessary land and a succession of governments appear to have washed their hands of the project.
Benissa’s ring road was begun in 2008 but work stopped a year later when the contractor ran out of money. The Madrid ministry spent €258,000 on a prior study for the Gata road although the project has apparently sunk into oblivion.
With general elections in the offing more promises are likely – but in Altea, Benissa and Gata no-one is holding their breath.