Dos Valires Tunnel

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Dos Valires Tunnel
Dos Valires Tunnel is located in Pyrenees
Dos Valires Tunnel
Dos Valires Tunnel
Overview
Location La Massana, Encamp, Andorra / Escaldes-Engordany, Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
Coordinates 42°31′2.643″N 1°33′20.142″E / 42.51740083°N 1.55559500°E / 42.51740083; 1.55559500Coordinates: 42°31′2.643″N 1°33′20.142″E / 42.51740083°N 1.55559500°E / 42.51740083; 1.55559500
Route CG II / CG III
Operation
Work begun 2005
Opened 2012
Character Dual-tube
Technical
Length 2,922 m (9,587 ft)
No. of lanes 4
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)

The Dos Valires Tunnel (Tunel de Dos Valires) is a major road tunnel in Andorra linking the two upper Andorran parishes of La Massana and Encamp. It is 2.922 kilometres (1.816 mi) long.[1] The tunnel connects Generals Roads 2 and 3 linking the Valira del Nord (North Valley) and the Valira d'Orient (East Valley).[1] It is the first stage of the northern bypass of Andorra la Vella/Escaldes-Engordany.

History[edit]

The construction of the tunnel was started in 2005 but was halted in 2009 after one of the viaducts at the La Massana entrance collapsed and killed 5 Portuguese construction workers.[2] The tunnel cost over €160 million to build and it is estimated that 2500 vehicles per day will use the tunnel.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Two Valires Tunnel". Euroconsult. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Andorra bridge collapse". NCE. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Andorra Opens the €160m 'Dos Valires Tunnel'". Andorra Expat. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2014.