More than third of roads in Spain are not fit to drive on

13th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

13 July 2006, MADRID — More than a third of roads in Spain are in a poor condition, authorities said on Thursday.

13 July 2006

MADRID — More than a third of roads in Spain are in a poor condition, authorities said on Thursday.

The Spanish Roads Association (SPA) said the state of the roads had got much worse in recent years.

Thirty-five percent of major roads across Spain are in an insufficiently safe condition, according to a report by the SPA.

Miguel María Muñoz, SPA president, said major roads which are maintained by the national government were in the worst condition.

And he said the pavement was also in a poor condition next to 32 percent of roads.

Muñoz said the investment put into maintaining roads was "insufficient".

The SPA said the worst roads were in Castilla y León, Catalonia, Asturias, La Rioja and Murcia.

On smaller roads, which are maintained by local or regional authorities, the report said the worst were in La Rioja, Murcia, Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha.

Spain had failed to spend EUR 4 billion on badly-needed repairs.

The SPA said the national and regional governments need to spend at least EUR 1 billion a year more.

It said the roads had deteriorated by 5.5 percent in the past few years.

Poorly maintained roads had caused fatal accidents in the past and they would continue to do so, warned the SPA.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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