Motorway that ends in a field set to be completed
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