The San Pedro de Alcantara underpass will be open to the public in June this year, according to reports.
The work aims to divert the A-7 motorway under the town to reduce congestion and reduce travel times. Above ground an area of 90,000m² will be open for development, with limited access for vehicles.
Minister Ana Pastor said that within ours of taking office she received a call from Marbella Mayor, Angeles Muñoz, who promised that the work would be finished this year.
The 1km tunnel should have been finished in 2009 but was postponed in 2010 when work ceased due to funding issues. The construction company involved downed-tools following claims that they had not been paid by the Ministry for Development. The company fenced off the site until the conflict was resolved. However, the ministry of public works has now promised it will be finished in June.
Once open estimates suggest up to 65,000 vehicles will pass through the tunnel daily.
Quite how it has taken them 5 years to build a 1km tunnel is beyond me. Did you see how quick the Japanese repaired their roads, and built new ones, in the wake of the tsunami? It puts the Spanish to shame.