CENTRAL Government in Madrid have announced that the long-awaited work to turn the N-332 as it bypasses Torrevieja into a dual carriageway will not be finished until mid 2020.
The planned total investment for the project is €40m and the announcement for the tender process for the design phase was placed in the Official State Gazette (BOE) this week. Once the design has been approved – which is expected in 18 months time – and assuming everything goes to plan thereafter, the most optimistic calculations suggest the project will be completed during the first half of 2020.
In addition to the money set aside for the works, the Ministry of Development has budgeted €986,000 for the designing and drafting of the route which is significantly higher than the amount previously considered by the Valencian government at €200,000.
Work on the dual carriageway of the N-332 as it passes through Torrevieja has been pending for more than a decade. Sections were opened from Pilar de la Horadada to Torrevieja and then from Torrevieja to Guardamar but couldn’t extend the building in Torrevieja due to issues at the time connected with the land. This section has since become notorious as a bottleneck with the build up of heavy traffic on the single lanes that can often see an average of 50,000 vehicles using the stretch between the CV-905 and CV-95.