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The City Council urges the Ministry of Development that the third lane that is planned to run on the A7 motorway, continue to Puerto Lumbreras and not end in Alhama de Murcia (10/01/2020)

The Plenary Session of the City Council of Totana agreed unanimously in its last ordinary session to give the green light to the Mayor's motion urging the Ministry of Development to the third lane provided on the A7 motorway from Crevillente to Alhama de Murcia, continue to Puerto Louvers thus improving communications in the Guadalentín region

The municipal agreement establishes to request that the Ministry be included in the General State Budget of 2020, picking up the construction of the third lane in this infrastructure to Puerto Lumbreras and thus not ending up in Alhama de Murcia, as is the forecast of the Government of Spain.

In addition, it is requested that the levels of service and road safety of this infrastructure be guaranteed in relation to all the municipalities of the Guadalentín Region, as established in the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T).

Since February 2018, the project for the construction of the third lane on the Mediterranean Highway (A7) is underway: in this case, from Crevillente to Alhama de Murcia, being the start in Monforte del Cid.

This is a project of 72.8 kilometers that, according to the forecasts of the Ministry of Development, will be divided into four sections and will have an estimated budget of approximately 588 million euros.

This announcement was made by the Government of Spain in the framework of the ambitious project that was the Extraordinary Road Investment Plan.

With this infrastructure, in addition to attending to long-distance journeys between Alicante and Andalusia, service levels and traffic safety between the capitals of Alicante and Murcia will be improved, as recalled by the mayor.

In addition, the A-7 has two lanes per direction and supports an average traffic of 41,000 vehicles per day, which increases to 47,000 in the month of July.

The construction of a third lane on both roads of the A-7 highway will increase the capacity of the highway and improve its service level.

From the Consistory totanero the project is considered “short” because the extension of the road to Alhama de Murcia would be a “comparative tort” for the rest of the municipalities of the Guadalentín region;

an area with great export activity in the fruit and vegetable sector, as well as for the industrial estates that surround this important road infrastructure, including that of Saladar in Totana.

The continuity of this project to Puerto Lumbreras would allow the region of Guadalentín to be structured and cohesive at a social and economic level;

and encourage the projection of the industrial parks surrounding the A-7, some of them very important, such as those of El Saladar de Totana, La Hoya, La Torrecilla de Lorca or Puerto Lumbreras, with an important link with the municipality de Águilas or the future Lorca-Caravaca highway, as established by the plenary agreement.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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