Protection works against landslides along the El Canarete road will take place from the Aguadulce marina in Roquetas de Mar to the Bayyana tunnel, Almeria capital. They are expected to be completed in 28 months.
The Elsamex-Geotalud business entity received the report on the action plan for these works. It was formalized for 689,199.08 euro.
Europa Press was able to access a document that stated that the road closure would be done in "different phases" to allow for the work to be completed "while maintaining accessibility to existing residents and businesses along the road at all times.". The contiguous actions were grouped according to the criteria that "there is not access, trade, or residence between them".
A total of 11 actions were designed to prevent new landslides. These, along with existing protections throughout the section, serve the main purpose of reducing the likelihood of detached rocks reaching vehicles. Some of the elements that are already damaged can also be replaced.
Six phases will be used to close the road completely, in order to address the 11 actions. An average of 15,000 vehicles travel through the road each day. The A-7 Mediterranean Highway will divert the affected vehicles, while N-340a, which is the object of the work will be marked prior to the cutting, both in Almeria and in Aguadulce.
Protection against landslides is a key component of the project's actions. They are based on passive protection systems such as dynamic screens and other assets like cable networks, triple torsion meshes reinforced, and hanging ones.
The project details the problems found at each of the kilometer points, along with their particularities (e.g., proximity to tunnels or inhabited areas) and the possible solutions to avoid new rock fall, including the installation of barriers, extension or clearings.