It has arrived the most feared bridge on highways for those responsible for traffic in Catalonia: the forecast, like in other years, is that some 450,000 vehicles will leave the Barcelona area between 3:00 p.m. on Thursday 23 and 3:00 p.m. on Friday 24. The look is fixed especially on the AP-7 motorway. Interior relies on a stepped exit for prevent precisely that road from collapsing.
The return operation on Sunday June 26 will take place between 12:00 and 24:00 and it is estimated that some 260,000 vehicles will travel to the Barcelona metropolitan area. In addition, it should be noted that there will be a large number of local movements throughout the territory, concentrated mainly in the afternoon and evening of this Thursday to celebrate the verbena.
The destinations to the coastal areas They will be the ones with the highest influx of vehicles. The main road damage will take place this Thursday afternoon and Friday morning in terms of the start phase. And road complications are also expected on Sunday afternoon, when the return operation will be concentrated.
This year mobility is expected to be comparable to that of 2016 and 2021, since there were similar special operations. During these two years, significant retentions were recorded, especially during the evening outing of the verbena. The most important congestion in this exit was concentrated in the central section of the AP-7 (the area between the old Martorell toll and the old Roca toll). In addition, in 2016 and 2019, the retention factors (value obtained with the duration and length of the retentions) were 423.89 and 268.2, respectively, and in this sense, Significant traffic jams during the afternoon before the verbena.
Limitations for trucks
The Minister of the Interior Joan Ignasi Elena recalled yesterday that in order to control traffic, on the central section of the AP-7 between the old La Roca toll and the old Martorell toll, trucks will have to travel at 80 km/h , in the right lane and may not overtake. The penalty for not doing so will be 500 euros. Rest areas will also be set up for truckers in what they were the old toll zones of the AP-7.
In addition, to improve the flow of traffic on the Sunday return operationwill be installed more than 100 kilometers of additional lanes in the opposite direction than usual on the AP-7. It will be north between Sant Celoni and Montornès del Vallès, on the AP-7/B-23 between Vilafranca and Molins de Rei, on the C-32 north between Sant Andreu de Llavaneres and Montgat and on the C-32 south between Gavà and Cornellà de Llobregat, to increase the road capacity of these roads and sections.