Improvement of the Aínsa-Graus branch line at the link between the N-260 and A-139 roads

Improvement of the Aínsa-Graus branch line at the link between the N-260 and A-139 roads
Improvement of the Aínsa-Graus branch line at the link between the N-260 and A-139 roads
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The Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility has formalized for a amount of 14.8 million euros (VAT included) a contract for the execution of various conservation and exploitation on state roads in the province of Huesca.

Action will be taken on sector number 4, which includes different sections of the N-123, N-123A, N-123B, N-230 and N-260 roads.

  • In addition to the related roads, the contract will cover the execution of works to improve the Aínsa-Graus branch line at the junction between the N-260 and A-139 roads. N-260 road, km 407.500.

The contract is valid for 3 years, with the possibility of an extension of two more years and an additional extension for a maximum of 9 months. The corresponding announcement will soon be published in the Official State Gazette (BOE).

This contract, intended for the maintenance and conservation of 256.6 km of roads, It includes requirements to promote energy efficiency and the reduction of emissions and is part of the Ministry’s programme to maintain traffic, road and safety conditions in the RCE, ensuring that it is accessible in the appropriate conditions for all citizens.

News in the specifications

Thus, within the strategy of reducing emissions and improving energy efficiency, the Ministry has included carbon footprint mitigation and offsetting objectives in the tender documents for the conservation and exploitation contracts (COEX) of the State Road Network, which implies that companies must include in their bids the calculation of the carbon footprint they will generate during the execution of the contract in each section of the road.

They will also undertake to present a decarbonisation plan in the first six months of the contract with emission reduction and offset measures to achieve a carbon-neutral balance five years after the start of the contract. Offsetting can be done through absorption projects registered in the Carbon Footprint, Compensation and Carbon Dioxide Absorption Projects Registry, which is dependent on the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, or through other options. This plan will also be included in the assessment criteria.

The aim is to reduce the annual CO2 emissions of 71,640 tonnes generated by the regular operation and maintenance and exploitation of the State Road Network, according to calculations made by the General Directorate of Roads, and to reinforce the orientation towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to which the Ministry is committed.

Characteristics of the conservation model

The new model of mixed contracts (services and works) for the execution of maintenance and exploitation operations on the State Road Network aims to offer a comprehensive mobility service to users, improve the condition of the road and network, and optimize public resources.

Through them, work is carried out to assist traffic and routine road maintenance, to ensure that the infrastructure and its functional elements have the best possible traffic and safety conditions.

The actions included include: status information and programming agenda, assistance with operation and road safety studies, and maintenance of road elements with adequate quality levels.

Last year, energy efficiency measures were introduced into service facilities, such as self-consumption, renewable heating systems, energy saving measures in lighting and the implementation of electric vehicles.

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