Autovía GC-2

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The GC-2 (or Autovía del Norte, "Northern Highway") is a superhighway in Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). It connects Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with the village of Agaete.[1]

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Autovía GC-2
Autovía del Norte de Gran Canaria
Route information
Length36 km (22 mi)
Major junctions
FromLas Palmas de Gran Canaria
ToAgaete
Location
CountrySpain
Autonomous
community
Canary Islands
ProvinceLas Palmas
Highway system
Autovía GC-2
Autovía GC-2

The eastern portion, for about 20 km, is a superhighway with interchange numbers; the western part is like a freeway (because it has exit numbers) but the rest of the highway only has two lanes.

DescriptionEdit

The superhighway begins by the beach area of the island or the Canary Islands' co-capital with the highway GC1. The highway runs through the downtown area and links with a roundabout interchange with GC31.

The freeway runs within the beaches and the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean for the half part but at around the twentieth kilometre, it becomes a highway after the unidirectional parclo interchanges and runs within the coastline, it later has several interchanges and several towns as it passes to the northwest and finally, it ends in Agaete.

HistoryEdit

The superhighway was first opened in the late-1970s when tourism arrived, it first opened within Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, it later extended to the western part and with the GC31. The superhighway later extended to the coastline and the highway later bypasses towns in the 1980s and the 1990s to Agaete with several towns, that section within Agaete added interchange numbers and exit numbers but it not classifies as a superhighway.

21st centuryEdit

A project to extend the GC-2 from Agaete to La Aldea de San Nicolás was drafted between 2001 and 2011. This project was split into two phases:[2]

  • Phase 1: La Aldea de San Nicolás to the village of El Risco
  • Phase 2: El Risco to Agaete

Phase 1 opened in mid-2017, providing respite to communities that had been cut off when a landslide in September 2016 forced the permanent closure of the nearby GC-200 coastal road.[3]

On 24 September 2019, work began on phase 2 at a projected cost of €157 million, and with the expectation that it would take 65 months to complete.[4]

MunicipalitiesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Varios carriles de la autovía del norte de Gran Canaria, la GC-2, se cierran al tráfico". RTVC. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  2. ^ "New Highway GC-2 section: Agaete – San Nicolás de Tolentino. Gran Canaria Island". Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  3. ^ "New Gran Canaria Road To Open In Just Two Weeks". 22 March 2017. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  4. ^ "ACCIONA begins work on the El Risco–Agaete section in municipality of La Aldea de San Nicolás, Gran Canaria". 10 September 2019. Retrieved 2020-07-03.