The end of traffic chaos on the N-332 coastal road as it passes Torrevieja has taken the next step of becoming reality as this week the Ministry of Development has confirmed the road widening project with the publication in the Official State Gazette (BOE) of the draft plans.
As previously reported, the tender advanced in May, finally becoming a reality following the change in government at both the regional and local level, and has now been formalised with the publication in the BOE.
The company that will carry out the work is a consultancy specialised in transport projects, Consultrans SU, with a contracted offer of 492,000 euro, half of the initial tender price of 986,000 euro, tax included.
The execution period is 18 months, which takes us to December 2019. When the project is approved, it must pass the environmental impact assessment and, if it succeeds, the Ministry of Development must tender, if it has a budget, the award of the construction of the widening and duplication to a double-lane dual carriageway for the eight kilometres which pass Torrevieja, with an estimated investment of around 40 million euro. Thus, the actual widening work could begin in the last stretch of 2020, assuming all goes to plan.
The completion of the work will be a huge relief for the residents, businesses and visitors to the area, all of whom are tired of the matter seemingly becoming a political points scoring argument, rather than support for the resolution. Even now, the now opposition Partido Popular have criticised the current administration, keen to forget that the original delays were due to problems caused by their lack of action whilst in office.