Autopista AP-68

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Autopista AP-68
Route information
Part of E804
Length: 272 km (169 mi)
Restrictions:
Speed
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Road restrictions
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Other restrictions
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Major junctions
From: Zaragosa
To: Bilbao
Highway system
Autopistas and autovías in Spain

The Autopista AP-68 (also AP-68, Autopista Vasco-Aragonesa or Autopista del Ebro)[1] is a Spanish autopista route. It connects Zaragoza with Bilbao via Tudela, Calahorra and Logroño.

It has junctions with Autovía A-2, Autovía A-15, Autovía A-1 and ends at the Autovía A-8.

The highway begins in link 22 of the AP-8 (E-70) and ends on link 318 of the A-2 (E-90) (Autovía del Nordeste). Built between 1974 and 1979 this highway was formerly known as A-68. It is about 295 km long.

Concession expiry[edit]

In 2000, the José María Aznar government, the PP, extended the highway concession that expired in 2011 up to 2026,[2] making its recovery impossible, as it was strongly criticized by the Aragon regions and the Basque Country, then governed by PSOE-Aragon and PNV, respectively. In exchange for the extension of the concession, certain tolls became cheaper. The closing date of the award is November 10, 2026.[3]

Subsidized tolls[edit]

The highway concessionaire has signed agreements with the Government of La Rioja and the Regional Government of Aragón to enable certain routes free of charge, provided the VIA-T device is used.

For journeys between the Cenicero (10) links and Agoncillo (13), inclusive, and intermediate, tolls are free for users of VIA-T.

Since February 1, 2008, light vehicles that perform return trips within a 24-hour period on any route between the Haro (9) links and Alfaro (16), inclusive, and intermediate, tolls are free for users of VIA-T. Until that date only the toll for the return trip was free, under the same conditions.

Since February 1, 2009, if a return trip is made between the Gallur (19) and Zaragoza (23) links in a 24 hour period, light vehicles are free where the same route is taken for the outward and return journey and the same VIA-T device is used.

In the Basque section a social toll is applied, only to citizens registered in Álava, with discounts for those taking more than 25 trips per month.

In Navarre the construction of the A-68 autovía has been accelerated, running mostly parallel to the highway, and its Navarre section is now mostly complete.

Traffic[edit]

AP-68 exits[edit]

Name of exit Name of exit Link roads
Spain traffic signal s1.svg Bilbao  E-70   A-8 
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 1 Arrigorriaga  BI-625 
SurtidorAutovia.pngRestauranteAutovia.pngTeléfonoAutovia.pngCafeteria.png Arrigorriaga service area
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 2 Llodio-Areta  BI-625 
Spain traffic signal r200a.svg Toll Spain traffic signal r200a.svg
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 3 Llodio-Orozco  A-625 
IndicadorCAPaísVasco Álava.png  Álava  /  Vizcaya  IndicadorCAPaísVasco Vizcaya.png
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 4 Amurrio-Ziorraga  A-624 
AB-AS-blau.svg 5 Spain traffic signal s63.svg Altube
Vitoria-Pamplona
 N-622 
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 6 Subijana
Pobes-Nanclares
AB-AS-blau.svg 7 Spain traffic signal s63.svg Vitoria
Madrid-Burgos
 E-5   E-80   A-1   AP-1 
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 8 Miranda de Ebro-Zambrana  N-124 
Indicador CARioja.png  La Rioja   LA RIOJA  /  Álava   PAÍS VASCO  IndicadorCAPaísVasco Álava.png
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 9 Haro-Casalarreina  N-126 
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 10 Cenicero-Nájera  LR-113 
AB-AS-blau.svg 11 Logroño west
Navarrete-Fuenmayor
 A-12   LR-137 
AB-AS-blau.svg 12 Logroño-Soria  N-111   LO-20 
AB-AS-blau.svg 13 Logroño east-El Sequero
Agoncillo-Aeropuerto
 N-232   LO-20 
Indicador CANavarra.png  COMUNIDAD FORAL DE NAVARRA  /  La Rioja   LA RIOJA  Indicador CARioja.png
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 14 Lodosa-Pradejón (this link is only active from Lodosa-Zaragoza and vice versa)  NA-123   LR-123 
Indicador CARioja.png  La Rioja   LA RIOJA  /  COMUNIDAD FORAL DE NAVARRA  Indicador CANavarra.png
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 15 Calahorra-Arnedo  LR-134 
Indicador CANavarra.png  COMUNIDAD FORAL DE NAVARRA  /  La Rioja   LA RIOJA  Indicador CARioja.png
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 16 Corella-Alfaro  NA-6920   LR-287 
AB-AS-blau.svg 17 Spain traffic signal s63.svg Pamplona  AP-15 
AB-AS-blau.svg 18 Tudela
Tarazona
 A-68   N-121 
IndicadorCAAragón Zaragoza.png  Provincia de Zaragoza  ARAGÓN  /  COMUNIDAD FORAL DE NAVARRA  Indicador CANavarra.png
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 19 Borja
Gallur
 N-122   A-127 
AB-AS-blau.svg 20 Alagón-Figueruelas  A-68 
Spain traffic signal r200a.svg Toll Spain traffic signal r200a.svg
Sinnbild Autobahnausfahrt.svg 22 Alagón  A-126 
Spain traffic signal s2.svg Continues to Zaragoza via  A-68   A-68 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A-68 / AP-68 (Autovía / Autopista del Ebro y Autopista Vasco-Aragonesa)". Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ BOE 10-2-2000 "Article 2. Article 6 of the Royal Decree 3048/1982, of 12 November, reads as follows:" (in Spanish). ""El período concesional, señalado en el artículo dieciséis del Decreto 2802/1973, de 2 de noviembre, de adjudicación de la concesión, se establece en cincuenta y tres años, contados a partir de la fecha de publicación del referido Decreto. (The concessional period, indicated by article 16 of decree 2802/1973 on 2 November, in the concessional adjudication, is established for 53 years from the date of publication of said Decree)" "
  3. ^ BOE 1-9-2007 "... Dicha gratuidad está previsto sea de aplicación desde el 1 de septiembre de 2007 hasta el final del plazo de concesión, el 10 de noviembre de 2026." (in Spanish).