The N-II is ‘pacified’ with the end of tolls on the C-32

The gratuity of the C-32 between Barcelona and Lloret de Mar As of September 1, a new stage for mobility opens in Catalonia. The N-II will be transformed into a pacified road, almost one more street, an inter-municipal road link that will connect the populations of the coast. The Government has presented its plan after the entry into force of the gratuity of the C-32 between Barcelona and Lloret de Mar and that will involve an investment of 120 million euros between 2022 and 2026. Half of that investment will go to the connectivity improvements of the C-32 and the other half to that “pacification” of the N-II.

This transformation, sponsored by the vice president of the Government, Jordi Puigneró, will begin in a first stage with the incorporation of a bike path continuous on the road platform, reducing the road section in one lane per direction and reducing the maximum speed allowed and improving pedestrian access. According the final plan presented, prepared after a score of meetings with local Maresme entities, the construction of six roundabouts, the improvement and expansion of sidewalks, and the better integration of public transport. The construction project will be put out to tender shortly.

In the case of Alt Maresme, an area in which the transfer of traffic to the highway is expected to be less, the plan does not rule out that the N-II becomes a more local transit route, with non-regional connectivity. The performances in that section, from Mataró to Blanes, they will be tackled in a more specific way with more studied adjustments of the traffic capacity, the installation of 10 possible roundabouts and where it is possible to install a cycle path to the N-II or if it is not possible by promenades or other urban roads.

According to the general secretary of the vice-presidency of the Government, Ricard Font, “No significant traffic problems are foreseen in the Maresme road network caused by the release of tolls, and there will be a reconfiguration of mobility, with an increase in highway traffic and reducing that of the N-II”. As of September 1, the highway will channel 85% of interurban traffic up to Calella. According to Font, in the case of motorways, the adaptation process will begin with the opening of barriers and the reduction of speed to 30 kilometers per hour, and in a second stage the cabins will be demolished. These demolition works will last for about six weeks on Catalan motorways in general.

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Initial traffic analyzes stipulate that the C-32 motorway currently channels around the two-thirds of the total traffic of vehicles from the Maresme corridor, except in the upper Maresme. The N-II has maintained a high occupancy, because in many sections the capacity is limited to one lane per direction, but with the free C-32 it will take over most of the traffic throughout the Maresme. Those traffic losses They will be variable, with a reduction of between 25% and 40% up to Mataró, but with average reductions of more than 50% between Mataró and Llavaneres, for example. In the upper Maresme, the reduction in traffic will be much lower, between 15% and 30%, depending on the section.

The links with the greatest impact on mobility will be those of Premià Oeste and Cabrils-Vilassar. Those that will have the least impact will be those of Canet and the Sant Andreu de Llavaneres link. Actions will be prioritized according to the positive impact on mobility of these new accesses to the highway.

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