Almanzora highway pledge

The Junta de Andalucia President underlined the importance of the dual-carriageway for the province’s economy. CREDIT: Juanma Moreno Twitter @JuanMa_Moreno

THE President of the Junta de Andalucia has promised the Almanzora highway will be connected to the A-7 motorway by 2023.

Juanma Moreno, who was in Huercal-Overa on Friday for the inauguration of the works on the El Cucador-La Concepcion stretch of the dual-carriageway, said the project would be finalised “before the end of this legislature.”

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The conservative Popular Party politician also took the opportunity to have a dig at the previous centre-left PSOE party Andalucia government. He claimed his administration had “brought out of oblivion” the highway project, which is co-financed by the European Union, “following four years without any works” and of “eternal promises.”

He continued, “everything is underway because we want to go from promise to facts.”

A total of €25.3 million is being invested in the three-kilometre El Cucador-La Concepcion section of the road, or €8 million per kilometre Moreno observed in reference to the complexity and technical difficulties of the works.

The regional government head also said efforts were underway to get the works project for the final stretch of the dual-carriageway put out to tender. He said the existing project drawn up in 2013 was out-of-date and it was therefore necessary to “update and modernize” the documentation in accordance with current technical regulations.

Moreno described the Almanzora highway as “key for Andalucia”, maintaining his administration wanted to “turn it into a new economic engine for our land.”

It was he said, “an important day for Almeria and for all Andalucia because it starts the countdown to connecting the Amanzora and Mediterranean highway, which represents progress and well-being.”


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