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Andorra Opens the €160m “Dos Valires Tunnel”

Andorra continues to invest significantly to develop her built infrastructure.  Its showcase development and largest infrastructure project to date has been the construction of the 2,870m. tunnel at Dos Valires linking the La Massana valley with the Encamp valley.  The cost of the seven year project is over 160m euros.  It makes travel between Andorra’s two major ski areas much easier for tourists.  The first blast took place on 19th October, 2005 and the last blast on 20th April, 2007.  The tunnel was finally opened to the public today.  2,500 cars and commercial vehicles are expected to use the tunnel on a daily basis.

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  1. gervas.douglas August 1, 2012

    I drove through this new tunnel last night – my it is impressive and modern! A senior official in the Govern once explained to me that because Andorra is light on legal codification of infrastructural development, it has a policy of building to the highest international standards. I can certainly believe this applies to the new tunnel. Not being so steep in gradient, it has a higher speed limit (80 kph) than the Túnel de Pont Plà which connects the La Massana valley to Andorra la Vella. Progress is therefore swift and painless.

    Here is an informal video showing some of the safety features:

    So who will benefit from this marvel of excavation?

    (1) Obvious beneficiaries are skiers in the Vallnord area (La Massana-Ordino parishes) who wish to try out the Grandvalira complex to the East of the country. A trip from La Massana to the Funicamp cable car at the top of the Encamp bypass is now a quick and fluid transit.

    (2) Equally, winter sports enthusiasts based in Encamp and Canillo have the easy option of trying out Vallnord’s facilities without the tedium of hacking through the main metropolis.

    (3) Residents in the La Massana-Ordino area will find access to France much quicker.

    (4) Encamp residents will have new options of direct access to Andorra la Vella.

    (5) Logisitically Encamp and La Massana are brought much closer together thereby helping their respective businesses not only in mutual access to markets, but in such humdrum matters as warehousing.

    (6) Expats in these different parishes will immediately find socialising across the mountains so much easier!

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