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Spain: Roads Are In Very Bad Shape, Danger For Motorcycles

25
April
2014
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Bad roads are not good for everyone, and in difficult economic times, more and more roads are neglected. But for motorcycle riders, a badly maintained road is very dangerous. Uneven surfaces when travelling at speed are killers, as are holes in the road.

Spain has been for the last few years hit by a very bad economical crisis, with less and less people working, less money coming in via taxes, and therefore less and less money available to maintain the roads.

Spanish bad road

The Spanish National Association of Roads Open Aecarretera link in a new window has sent up a smoke signal warning that the situation is dire. 3,000 road sections require the replacing or renewal of 33,000 signs and markings, 52,000 kilometers need to have the road markings repainted, and 82 % of the lights need to be revisited.

But the worst are the roads themselves, full of potholes, cracks and general deformations. The association estimates that €6.2 Billion are needed to bring the Spanish roads back into shape. The Minister of Public Works has foreseen for 2014 a meager €878 million, 30% less than what was allocated in 2009.


Spanish bad road

According to the association, every Euro not spent on redoing the roads now, will cost €5 in three years, and €25 in five years.

And it looks like things will be getting worse over the next few years before Spain gets back on its feet. Which is a pity since it's a great country to be riding in.

Via: Abc



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