Spanish minister for Development attends the opening of a section of the SE-40 dual carriageway built by FCC<br />
Spanish minister for Development attends the opening of a section of the SE-40 dual carriageway built by FCC
Development Minister Ana Pastor attended today’s ceremony opening the new section of the SE-40 ring road around Seville. The section built by FCC runs between two dual motorways, the A-92 and the A-376, in Alcalá de Guadaíra. The ceremony was attended by the vice chairman and CEO of the Citizen Service Group, Juan Béjar, the chairman of FCC Construcción, Fernando Moreno, and the mayor of Seville, Juan Ignacio Zoido.
The project has a budget of 70.96 million euros. This plus the cost of project design, the estimated cost of expropriations and the cost of technical assistance for project monitoring and security yield a total investment of nearly 80 million euros. The project has been financed by SEITT, the Spanish national land transport infrastructure company.
The new section abuts with a section opened earlier between La Rinconada (connection with the A-4) and Alcalá de Guadaíra (connection with the A-92), so 15 kilometres of the new ring road are now in operation.
This project is just another step toward the Ministry of Development’s firm goal of building the SE-40 to provide traffic with an alternative to the overburdened SE-30.
The project includes the construction of 5.96 kilometres of new trunk road along a brand-new layout. Each of the two carriageways is 10.5 metres wide and has three 3.5-metre-wide lanes, a 2.5-metre-wide outer verge and a one-metre-wide inner verge. The central reservation is 10 metres wide. Flanking the road are one-metre berms. This design leaves the door open to a possible expansion to four lanes in future.
Blending into the environment
A total of 4.15 million euros has been invested in blending the road into its surrounding environment. The leading measures are:
- Tracking the archaeological heritage. Archaeological finds were made at three spots along the layout, Adaines II, Torrequinto and Pozo de la Culebra. Their discovery made it necessary to dig test pits and conduct special earthworks, to carefully uncover the findings and remove them for safekeeping elsewhere. All finds were turned over to the provincial office of the Andalusia Council’s Culture Department.
- Replanting of embankment slopes, traffic islands, roundabouts and cleared areas. Topsoil was laid down over the bare areas, followed by hydroseeding. • Noise protection. Two sound-absorbing screens were installed in the areas closest to buildings.
- Fencing was put up all along the road to keep animals from straying into the path of traffic.
- Settling basins were dug to intercept any potential accidental discharge on the banks of the Guadaíra River.
- 14 safe animal crossings were built.