The provincial government (Diputación) has announced a 9.12 million-euro plan to improve roads in numerous parts of the province.
One million of the total will go towards improving safety on the stretches of roads that pass through around 40 towns and villages, mainly in the Serranía de Ronda, the Axarquía and the Antequera area.
The project announced at the end of last week affects 63 of the 118 roads that make up the network that is the responsibility of the provincial authority, whose numbers start with the letters MA.
Measures in built-up areas will include the installation of barriers, raised pedestrian crossings, new signposting and resurfacing of these roads used by both through traffic and locals.
The president of the provincial government, Elías Bendodo, said, "It's vital to guarantee the safety of all the people who have to use these roads to go to school, to the shops or to their homes."
Other funds will go towards maintenance and safety improvements on 80 per cent of roads in the provincial network. The most important of these schemes is improved access to Benaoján and repairs and improvements in Montecorto, Cartajima and Júzcar. Villanueva de Algaidas, Cuevas de San Marcos and Triana (Vélez-Málaga) will also benefit as well as Casarabonela and Antequera.
The third part of this package of measures involves repairs to weather damage on 30 roads affected by January's rain and snow. The main areas to benefit from this section are the Guadalhorce valley (with 2.8 million euros) and the Serranía de Ronda (2.1 million).