The Association of Civil Engineers of Galicia has recognised the A Coruña access highway (AC-14) and the connection to the V-14 ring road for their technical, territorial and construction merits, as well as for their social value from an environmental and economic perspective.
These two works, carried out by ACCIONA Construction and the Comsa-Atesvi joint venture respectively, provide the city of A Coruña and its metropolitan area with a new toll-free access route that connects the city with the northwest A-6 highway, the AP-9, the AG-55 and Alvedro airport.
They also provide direct, rapid and safe access to industrial parks, transport centres and commercial zones, redefining the access routes to the city of A Coruña, reducing travel times and relieving traffic congestion on the city’s inner ring roads while integrating local neighbourhoods and zones that were poorly communicated.
The two works were highly complex, both technically and administratively, and were carried out simultaneously even though they were promoted by two different administrations and constructed by different companies, making coordination during the execution phase a key factor.
The As Lonzas–A Zapateira section of the new AC-14, with an investment of around €153.2 million and spanning 4.2 kilometres, was promoted by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport through the State Highways Authority in Galicia, and constructed by ACCIONA Construction. Section III of the V-14 ring road, which had a total budget of €18 million, was promoted by the regional government of Galicia through SPI and carried out by the Comsa–Atesvi joint venture.
The jury for the San Telmo Award, comprised of professionals from the civil engineering sector in Galicia and the general public, examined the technical, territorial and construction merits of the projects, as well as their contribution to improving the quality of life of the region’s inhabitants, from an environmental and economic point of view.
A total of eight projects took part in the 10th edition of the San Telmo Award, which for the second time was significantly influenced by the public vote. More than 2,000 people voted for their favourite project by mobile telephone, QR codes and via the website www.caminosgalicia.gal.
An exhibition in Los Cantones (A Coruña) was created to present the eight candidate projects to the public, using information boards with images, blueprints and the most important features of each project. The exhibition will now travel to different parts of Galicia in the coming months.