In order to carry out the work they will be blasting the rock-face from today, which will require contraflow, so the Málaga-bound lanes will be closed and the traffic diverted onto the Almería-bound lanes, leaving one lane in either direction.
The heavy machinery will remove 300,000 metric tonnes of earth and rock from the unstable cutting, which will all have to be trucked to a suitable dumping point.
It was down to a bureaucratic battle between Sevilla and Madrid that has held up this work until now. The missing document was a permit to carry out blasting with both administrations blaming the other for the delay.
The budget for the repair work to eliminate the ‘sag’ in the road surface is 2.4m euros, but this price figure also includes the cost of a survey to find out why it came about in the first place.
(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)