The eighth stage of the test, which takes place this Saturday, runs through various towns in the Community and ends in La Manga; the ninth, on Sunday, leaves from Puerto Lumbreras
The 8th Stage of the Cycling Tour of Spain will end
next Saturday on the Gran Vía de La Manga after visiting several towns in the Region of Murcia, so the passage of the caravan, which will affect many roads, requires a special traffic regulation device whose special measures were agreed a few days ago at a meeting in the Government Delegation between the organizers of the round, the sector of Traffic of the Civil Guard, National Police, local police of the affected municipalities and the Provincial Traffic Headquarters.
Thus, between 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm next Saturday, August 21, several roads will be affected by specific cuts and traffic management measures. The eighth stage, starting in the Alicante town of Santa Pola, has planned the
entry into the Region of Murcia through the municipality of San Pedro del Pinatar from 2.30 p.m. to circulate through its urban area and those of
San Javier, Los Alcázares, Torre-Pacheco, in addition to the Cartagena deputations of
La Palma, Pozo Estrecho, El Albujón, La Aljorra, La Guía, the city of Cartagena itself, Media Legua, Los Partidarios, Portmán (La Unión), Los Nietos, Estrella del Mar-Los Urrutias, El Algar, El Beal and La Manga del Mar Menor, where the goal of this stage is located. This route will affect the roads N-332, RM-F32, RM-F30, RM-F36, RM-311, N-301, RM-e33, RM-605, CT-33, N-345, RM-314, RM-F54, RM-F42, RM-F43 and RM-12.
The next day, the 9th stage will make its departure in Puerto Lumbreras, around 11.55 am, and will travel the old crossing of that town towards the N-34 to later leave the Region of Murcia on the A-7 highway in the direction to the province of Almería.
The safety devices provided for interurban roads are:
-85 components of the Traffic Group that make up the Road Safety Mobility Unit.
-39 components of the Reserve and Security Group for public order in the most crowded areas and destinations.
-4 crew components and 2 more for the logistics of the helicopter group.
-Twenty motorcyclists from the Civil Guard who will regulate the traffic at the most dangerous crossings of the itinerary and will coordinate the service with the rest of the patrols that will ensure the rest of the trips outside the sporting event.
In addition, the Traffic Sector of the Civil Guard of Murcia will reinforce surveillance on the rest of the roads surrounding the itinerary traveled by La Vuelta in order to be able to attend to incidents that may arise due to the usual weekend trips to the coastal areas and that are affected by the cuts in the tracks where the test runs.
Special traffic regulation measures
The stage coincides on the weekend of August, so there will be important displacements and special regulatory measures have been planned that will mainly affect the last section of the stage, which ends at PK 10 + 300 of the Gran Vía de La Manga .
Right margin, direction entrance to La Manga, all lanes will remain open until the moment of crossing the red flag (30-40 min before the test), with the following exception:
-It will cut 1.3 km before and 0.70 km after the finish line (in total 2 km) from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on the day of the race.
Left bank, direction exit from La Manga, all lanes will remain open at all times, with the following exception:
-The lanes will be used reversibly the last 1.3 km before the finish line and 0.70 m (in total 2 km) after the finish line from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the day of the race to enable the entry and exit of vehicles.
For those interested in witnessing the passage of the runners, the following is advised:
-Study the route beforehand. You can consult
the official website of the Vuelta Ciclista a España with the detail of each of the stages, with itinerary and schedules.
-Choose a suitable place where the vehicle can be completely moved away from the platform of the road (including the hard shoulder), taking care to provide shade and hydration due to the high temperatures expected for the hours that the event is held. It must be borne in mind that, if there is no other nearby way to exit, you may be immobilized for several hours until the road where the test runs is opened to traffic.
-Go out in time, because long before the cyclists pass the circuit is closed to traffic for the passage of the advertising caravan.
-Do not invade the road or cross it. Once closed to traffic, all the vehicles immersed in the turn can circulate without respecting the traffic rules, so they can appear in the opposite direction to the usual (even in roundabouts).
-Pay attention to both the cyclists and the rest of the vehicles that accompany the event (civil guard, press, team vehicles, etc.),
-Avoid witnessing the test on curved sections, where both cyclists and other vehicles can get out.
-Obey the signals of the agents. If you are surprised by the passage of the test, do not try to maneuver to change direction or other action not authorized by the agents.