CONNECTING the Almanzora highway with the A-7 motorway is a priority for the Junta de Andalucia, the regional government’s Almeria delegate Maribel Sanchez has affirmed in an interview with Spanish press.
“The machines have returned to the Almanzora to stay until the infrastructure is finished”, Sanchez commented.
The Junta delegate criticised what she referred to as the “effrontery” of the previous Socialist Andalucia administrations in regard to the project. It was, she said, “promised in 1985”, then “started in 2005”, and then “stopped election after election.”
In a reference to the previous Junta president and current Andalucia PSOE leader, Sanchez added, “The machines left the last time in 2015 despite Susana Diaz having promised that they were going to start the infrastructure again.”
The delegate said the challenge for the regional administration now headed by Juanma Moreno of the conservative Popular Party, was to “get Andalucia going as soon as possible”, maintaining the region had been “at a standstill.”
Sanchez said the 2019 and 2020 budgets were the “basic instrument” for carrying out specific policies.
“With these budgets we have finally managed to eradicate that discrimination in the Socialist policies towards Almeria”, she claimed.
She recalled that a budget of €25 million has been set aside for the Cucador to La Conception stretch of the Almanzora dual-carriageway, and that in the 2020 accounts there is another section to “also make it feasible to continue working on the La Concepcion project up to the A-7.”
Among the other works under way after what she said were “years of abandonment”, Sanchez highlighted the progress on making the length of the Vera to Garrucha road two lanes in each direction, saying the project should be completed next summer.
In terms of new projects in the province, she listed connecting the A-92 with Almeria city and improvements to the A-358 in Pampanico as two of the priorities.