THE last stretch of the A-7 motorway located in Carchuna-Calahonda (Costa Tropical) was inaugurated by President of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy, on Wednesday (October 7).
The recently completed part of this road is the last one to be inaugurated; a 250-metre stretch, which connects Carchuan with Gualchos-Castell de Ferro (also in the region of Costa Tropical).
President Rajoy said that this has been one of the most complex construction works ever undertaken in recent decades and that it holds ‘extraordinary importance’ as he stressed the ‘huge impact’ that this new infrastructure will have on the area’s commerce and tourism sector as the whole road connects Almeria and Malaga, passing through the Costa Tropical and represents an improvement both from an economic perspective and that of people’s wellbeing.
Together with Development Minister Ana Pastor and other government representatives, he said that during his term in office, more than 47 kilometres of this road had been made operational.
Maintenance workers were in charge of leaving the area spotless for drivers and the road was officially open after 6pm on the same day.
“It is an historic day for Malaga, Granada and Almeria and the whole of Spain as the A-7 links the whole Mediterranean coastal area and is a unique piece of engineer art,” said a representative from the Congress.
This new road is expected to alleviate traffic on the N-340, which is used by 13,502 motorists, on average, daily. The total budget for the complete road (47.3 kilometres) was €1 billion.