Albox's road to nowhere

The Albox by-pass, which forms part of the Almanzora Valley motorway, was the focus of debate in the Andalucian Parliament last week.

Works on the stretch of road have been paralysed since November 2011.
It was MP Michelangelo Castellon (PP), who urged the Minister of Development of the Government of Andalucia for the advancement of a date for the resumption of works. The head of the ministry, Elena Cortes, in her response avoided providing a specific date claiming that the works “will begin as soon as possible taking into account the performance and budget availability” of the autonomous government.

The minister also made it clear that the Regional Government has never said that the completion of the Albox bypass was part of the budget  for 2013. Castellon called it ‘a new blow to the province of Almeria and the Almanzora Valley stating “the road is not a luxury, rather a necessity for the development of the Almanzora Valley.”

The road is 80 per cent complete and would require an estimated €6 million and 10 months of work to finally join up with a completed section of the motorway north of the town.

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