The Baix Penedès awaits the 'commitment' of the free C-32
The C-32 motorway between Cubelles and El Vendrell could be free during the first quarter of next year. That is at least the commitment that the mayor of Cunit, Jaume Casañas, says he has in writing with the signature of the former Secretary of Mobility of the Generalitat, Isidre Gavin.
Casañas hopes that this commitment the new Mobility Secretary, Marc Sanglas, assumes it and quickly make it public. In fact, a meeting was scheduled for October 11 to make this decision known, but as the days go by, it is feared that there may be a reversal.
A few days ago there was a new accident on the C-31 as it passed through Cunit. A car ran over a young woman who was crossing the street at a zebra crossing. For the mayor, this event shows that the measures that Carreteres implemented in the Cunit crossing with the aim of reducing the accident rate have not given results.
The Generalitat placed a barrier along the entire route with New Jersey-type blocks so that it could only be crossed at zebra crossings. But for the mayore the problem is high volume of traffic with more than 20,000 vehicles per day and the large number of zebra crossings.
A situation to which the neighbors join the fhigh lighting and speed reduction measures such as rumble tracks and the need for traffic lights.
In any case, the mayors of Cunit and Calafell acknowledge having the letter from the previous Mobility Secretary. "But it has changed and we are waiting for the new one to confirm whether it is still valid or not," points to the mayor of Calafell, Ramon Ferré.
For his part, the mayor of El Vendrell, Kenneth Martínez, considers that there is no need to doubt the word, but I would be more satisfied to see that commitment reflected in the budgets of the Generalitat. "The reality of the free of charge of that section of highway or the expansion of the hospital will be seen in the budgets."
In a recent letter from the mayor of Cunit in the Department of Mobility of the Generalitat, recalling that the announcement must have been made in mid-October, has received a response that a date is being sought to make it public.
"That they publicly reaffirm the commitment or that they tell us no and then the region will act accordingly ».
Free access to the C-32 between Cubelles and El Vendrell it would be for all vehicles every day of the week for cars with Teletac or with the Awai mobile application. The mayor of Cunit considers that with this gratuity, which would make the C-32 a free route to avoid going through the center of densely urbanized towns, up to 10,000 vehicles a day could be avoided.
Casañas also explains that in addition to being free, it has been possible for traffic lights are placed on the Cunit crossing at least at some of the various crosswalks to try to slow down and increase pedestrian safety.
The C-31 crosses through the center of Cunit and Segur de Calafell. what, in factIt is a street due to the large number of crossings, zebra crossings and times that the neighbors must cross it dailyIt is, however, a main network road and no matter how much makeup is put on it, it still has that aspect that is not in keeping with an urban layout in the city.
The municipalities have drawn for years projects that would make the current highway an urban avenue with an expansion of the sidewalks, bike lanes, trees and space for walking and leisure. However, any project of this type happens because the Generalitat cedes the highway to the municipalities. And for this, the C-32 motorway must be that free alternative that takes passing vehicles out of the center of towns.
This model is not new. A few kilometers from Baix Penedès and already when the C-32 was built, Vilanova knew how to negotiate so that the highway through his municipality did not have a toll and the express road is a roundabout that avoids the center of the city.
Both Calafell and Cunit hope that the free C-32 will be the step that allows an urban transformation of its main communication axis.