Traffic has launched a special operation until May 2, a holiday in many communities
More than one million trips by road of the five planned by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) will pass through Extremadura and Castilla La Mancha. With all these movements, the ‘May 1 Traffic Operation’ has been launched, a special device that started at 3:00 p.m. and will end at midnight on Monday, May 2. Keep in mind that in Extremadura, Andalusia, Aragón, Asturias, Castilla y León, Madrid and Murcia, the festivity of Sunday May 1 has been moved to Monday.
The DGT, in its objective of ensuring the safety of road users, implements a series of traffic regulation, organization and surveillance measures with the aim of covering the important movement of vehicles that will take place these days and which includes both long- and short-haul trips whose main destinations will be coastal and coastal tourist areas (mainly Andalusia and Levante), as well as mountain tourist areas and second homes.
Motorcycles and April Fair
The DGT highlights that, added to the bridge, this weekend the Jerez Grand Prix is also celebrated, so motorcycle trips to the town of Cadiz will have special relevance, especially in the accesses to the Jerez Circuit, due to the celebration of the Championship of Spain of Motorcycling. Traffic has established a special regulation and surveillance device.
In addition, on Sunday the 1st the traditional April Fair officially kicks off in Seville, so the accesses to the city of Seville can increase its circulatory intensity.
The DGT points out that “as usual, with a view to facilitating mobility and fluidity on the roads and, of course, ensuring road safety for all, the operation has the total availability of the means, both human (agents of the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard, civil servants from the Traffic Management Centers, helicopter patrols and personnel in charge of equipment maintenance and the installation of road measures), as well as technicians (780 fixed speed cameras (92 of them section) and 545 speed control mobiles, in addition to the 13 helicopters, 39 drones, 216 cameras and 15 camouflaged vans to control the use of mobile phones and seat belts) that are available ».
The circulation forecasts prepared by Traffic contemplate that the largest increases in vehicles will take place both on Friday afternoon between 4 and 11 p.m. in the direction of departure from large urban centers, and on Monday, May 2 between 4 and 10 p.m. hours inbound for those returning from enjoying the holidays.
In addition, both on Saturday morning (from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and on Sunday afternoon (from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) there may also be heavy traffic both in and out of large cities, as well as on short itineraries that link towns of rest areas and mountains near these cities. In the case of Sunday afternoon, the problems due to the return will occur especially in the Communities of the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, the Valencian Community, Galicia, the Balearic Islands, Navarra and La Rioja, as it is the next working day in all they.
To promote traffic in the most troublesome areas on each of these four days, the DGT has planned, among other measures, the installation of reversible and additional lanes with cones in the hours of greatest traffic flow and the establishment of alternative itineraries. Likewise, works on the highways will be paralyzed, the holding of sporting events and other events that involve the occupation of the road will be limited and the circulation of trucks in general and those that transport certain merchandise will be restricted in certain sections, dates and hours.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.