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First Generation Highways Upgrade Plan
Re-engineering Spain's Roads


2,125 km of roads

17% of all traffic on the Nation´s Highways network

  • First Generation Highways Upgrade Plan
  • First Generation Highways Upgrade Plan
  • First Generation Highways Upgrade Plan
  • First Generation Highways Upgrade Plan
  • First Generation Highways Upgrade Plan
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Ineco has carried out the Adjustment Plan on the first generation highways in Spain to guarantee a higher level of road safety. 

The first toll-free multi-lane highways were built in the early 1980s using existing roads as one of the carriageways and were known as "first generation" highways.

Increasing traffic flows, transit speeds and accident rates have obliged the Government to adopt a plan to upgrade, modernise and improve the highways with the goal of meeting contemporary safety standards. The need to refurbish the network in a relatively short time and to maintain the same with high quality and service standards led to implementation under the Plan of a nineteen-year concession system. Ineco has been providing assistance to the Ministry of Public Works since 2006 with management of the concession contracts.

Data Sheet
Location: Spain
Client: Ministry of Public Works
Execution period: 2006-2010
Market: Roads

Measures which translate into maximum safety

The project envisages upgrading around 2,125 km of highways and toll roads and will provide users with safety and service levels similar to those offered by more recently built highways.

The upgrade programme includes two phases. The first applies to 1,525 km of the A-1 (Madrid-Burgos), A-2 (Madrid-Zaragoza), A-3 and A-31 (Madrid -Alicante) and A-4 (Madrid-Seville) highways, of which 1,000 km have already been reconditioned. The second phase envisages work on 580 km of the A-2 (Igualada-Martorell), A-5 (Madrid-Badajoz) and A-6 (Adanero-Benavente).

The project also establishes a series of status and service quality indicators which oblige the concession holder to ensure that infrastructure maintenance provides optimum conditions for the user.

The support provided to the Ministry by the Ineco team in the development of this project included drafting of the RFQs for the concessions, development of the Inspection Manuals associated with the contracts, monitoring the preliminary engineering, public information processes, the Environmental Impact Statements and consultancy for analysis of concession bids. Once the contracts were awarded Ineco was involved in supervision of the construction projects, monitoring and coordination during execution of the works and technical and legal support in concession contract monitoring and compliance monitoring with respect to the 41 status and service quality indicators during the subsequent operational phase.

Lastly, the project monitored the environmental management systems of the projects, taking into account measures to reduce their harmful impact.