This 4-lane newly designed freeway (U.K. motorway) began its construction process in February, 2009. It will link Lugo and Santiago de Compostela (102 km). Construction started in a 53,4 km. stretch between Lugo and Palas de Rei as well as between Arzúa and Santiago Airport. The Spanish Ministry of Infraestructures will open a first stretch of 20 km (12 miles) between Lugo and Guntín around June 2015. Another 15 km (9 mile) stretch between Guntín and Palas de Rei will be opened later in 2015. A third stretch near Santiago (Lavacolla-Arzúa, 28 km (17 miles) has been delayed until 2017 by the Spanish Government. When complete, this infrastructure will allow traffic from outside Galicia to have an easy and safe access to the capital of Galicia (Santiago) and the central area of the Galician Rias. Currently, most traffic going from the central area of the province of Lugo to the Galicia Rias follows the A-6 toll-free freeway (Lugo-Coruña) to the junction with the AP-9 near Betanzos. From there, most vehicles use the Coruña-Santiago toll-freeway as a fast and safe way to reach the Rías. When the A-54 construction is complete, this route will not be used any longer. The A-54 is a toll-free freeway.