Although it is not directly within his powers, the mayor, Francisco de la Torre, wants to progress a project for a new stretch of fast road to link Chilches and Fuengirola, going around the metropolitan area of Malaga and making use of the city's second bypass.
The draft of this initiative, which was presented last November, will soon include a detailed traffic survey of the area, which is to be carried out by Trn Taryet, a Madrid-based consultancy firm with experience in this type of project analysis. Its fee will be 56,870 euros and the study will take about three months to complete.
The firm's mission will be to determine the demand for such a road and also the model for a toll motorway, which would be run by a concessionary company for a determinate period. A study carried out earlier by the ARCS company indicated that the new road would cost about 764 million euros.
This sum would include two new stretches of dual carriageway. One, 28 kilometres in length, would link the eastern motorway at Chilches with the second westerly bypass around Malaga city, east of the intersection with Las Pedrizas toll motorway. The second, 21 kilometres long, would connect the Hiperronda with Fuengirola, going around Alhaurín de la Torre to the north and crossing the Sierra de Mijas via a large tunnel. For the latter option, Promalaga has asked the consultancy firm to consider a bypass running in an arch from Las Pedrizas motorway to the north of Alhaurín de la Torre, crossing the present toll motorway and the Guadalhorce highway.
It also includes a third option, to connect the northern part of the city with the Marbella area by a bigger road which would pass west of Cártama and through Coín. For all these options, the council proposes two lanes in each direction, separated by a 12 metre central reservation so new lanes could be added in future.
The idea also includes complementary actions such as widening the lanes on the existing stretch of dual carriageway between Chilches and the link with Vélez-Malaga, and an additional lane in each direction on the Guadalhorce highway.