This 4-lane newly designed freeway (U.K. motorway) has just begun its construction process as of February 17, 2009. It will link Lugo and Santiago de Compostela (102 km). Construction has started in a 53,4 km. stretch between Lugo and Palas de Rei as well as between Arzúa-Santiago Airport. Spanish Infrastructure Ministry plans foresee a 3 year construction period that could be longer if the stretch Palas de Rei-Arzúa does not get its Environment Impact Study passed in time to begin construction. Over the last months, the latter stretch is expected to be accelerated so that the full length of the freeway will be opened in 201. This infrastructure will allow traffic from outside Galicia to have an easy, comfortable 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 freeway will not be subject to toll.