Mo­tor­way that ends in a field set to be com­pleted

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By Nuria Pérez AN AGREE­MENT to com­plete the RM-1 mo­tor­way from San Javier to San­tomera, which stands be­tween Mur­cia city and Ori­huela, was signed on Mon­day by min­is­ter for pub­lic works Íñigo de la Serna and Mur­cia’s pres­i­dent Fer­nando López Mi­ras.

The ini­tial stretch of the mo­tor­way - from San Javier to Al­querías - was opened in 2011.

It of­fers an al­ter­na­tive to the busy RM-19 mo­tor­way for reach­ing Ori­huela and the vil­lages near Mur­cia from the Mar Menor. How­ever, the last 11-kilo­me­tre stretch to Mur­cia city and the con­nec­tion with the A-7 mo­tor­way was not built due to a fund­ing short­fall and the mo­tor­way cur­rently ends at a le­mon grove.

The agree­ment will see the min­istry in­vest €110 mil­lion in land ex­pro­pri­a­tion com­pen­sa­tion pay­ments and com­ple­tion works. The re­gional gov­ern­ment will carry out the land ex­pro­pri­a­tion pro­ce­dure, put the build­ing works out to ten­der, award the con­tract and su­per­vise the works.

Min­is­ter de la Serna pointed out that all ex­penses which ex­ceed the bud­geted €110 mil­lion would have to be paid by the re­gional gov­ern­ment.

He an­nounced that €11.3 mil­lion has been in­cluded in the na­tional bud­get for 2018 to launch the scheme.

The RM-1 will be linked up with the busy A-7 mo­tor­way at San­tomera and the planned eastern ring road at Mur­cia city.

The new mo­tor­way is ex­pected to re­duce traf­fic on the busy RM-19 and A-30 mo­tor­ways from Mur­cia to the Mar Menor and Carta­gena.

Íñigo de la Serna (left) with Fer­nando López Mi­ras

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