A three-year project to upgrade five motorway tunnels in the Axarquía has been announced by the transport ministry.  It will cover the Capistrano, Tablazo, Frigiliana, Lagos and Torrox tunnels, all on the A-7 autovía, and has a budget of €19.39 million.

The work will be part of the government’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan which aims to improve the safety and road conditions of the Spain’s network of main roads.  It will bring the tunnels into line with the minimum safety standards on the trans-European road network which seek, “to prevent critical situations that could endanger human life, the environment and the infrastructures themselves.”

According to the Ministry, there are presently numerous breaches in the areas of emergency lighting, ventilation. communications and electrical systems, as well as fire extinguishing, CCTV, signalling and lighting.  The Capistrano and Torrox tunnels also require the installation of a toxic liquid drainage system.

Companies wishing tender for the work have until October 8 to make their submissions.