A study prepared by the AEA association also indicates five other high-risk points on conventional roads in the Community
On the road, all eyes are few. The asphalt can be seen as an enemy in any curve, junction or shoulder, but there are some sections that stand out for their special risk. The Associated European Automobile Association (AEA) has just published a report pointing out the most dangerous sections of roads and highways – free and toll roads – in Spain, based on the latest data available from the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda. According to this analysis, four sections of highways in the Region are among the twenty with the highest risk in the country. Five other points on the community’s conventional roads are among the most unsafe half a thousand on the country’s road network.
The study, which has been carried out based on data collected in the 2015-2019 period, selects the one-kilometer segments of the State Network (RCE) with an average danger index equal to or greater than 100. The national average is of 9.5 – it represents a reduction of 0.3 points with respect to the previous five-year period. In other words, the list includes those with an index at least ten times higher than the national average.
Despite the improvement in the national average, a greater number of sections have been detected that exceed that index by more than ten times, going from 180 to 500. In this half a thousand segments that the AEA has located in 82 roads of 44 Spanish provinces, 1,685 accidents and 2,523 victims were registered in that period, most of them slightly injured. Of these sections, 51 already appeared in the previous report, having worsened in 39 of them.
Kilometer 884, close to the border with Almería, is the most unsafe stretch of highway. An average of 2,012 vehicles circulate through it every day
The AEA explains, in its analysis, that toll roads are the safest infrastructures to circulate. However, the report includes a hundred sections that have danger rates four times higher than the national average.
In the case of the Region, the highway that concentrates those sections of greatest risk is the AP-7. Specifically, the point of greatest danger is at kilometer 884, a section belonging to Águilas, close to the border with Almería, where an average of 2,012 vehicles circulate every day. The danger index, in this specific area, is 136.2, exceeding the national average by fourteen times.
On the AEA black list there are also – in sixth, seventh and thirteenth positions – other three points of the AP-7, specifically at kilometers 818 (as it passes through Cartagena), 844 (as it passes through Águilas) and 811 (also in Cartagena). In all of them, according to the analysis, there have been five accidents with 15 victims in these years.
If we focus on conventional roads, the AEA points to the 500 roads across the country that are most unsafe. Although none of the Region appears in the top positions, there are five regional sections. In the Community, the kilometer point with the highest risk of suffering an accident, according to the AEA study, is at 361 of the N-301, in the passage of this national highway on the outskirts of Abarán. Some 1,100 motorists travel this road every day, which has a danger index of up to 249.1.
The association highlights that toll roads are the safest infrastructures to circulate
Kilometer 31 of the N-344 also appears on the black list (as it passes through the Murcian district of Javalí Nuevo); 360 of the N-301 (also in Abarán, very close to the previous one); and kilometers 1 and 6 of the N-345, which connects La Unión with Portmán. In these years, the accidents registered on these roads have left 8 victims.
The most dangerous stretch of road in the entire country is located at kilometer 245 of the N-2, in the province of Zaragoza, with a danger index that is 686 times the national average. Practical information that is especially important during the summer, when many citizens enjoy their holidays and travel is redoubled.