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Spanish bridge rebuilt after 2005 collapse

The A7 viaduct section between Malaga to Almaria in southern Spain that was subject to a catastrophic collapse in 2005 is finally set to open to traffic next month.

The section from La Herradura in the west to Taramay in the east includes Almuñécar, the scene of a fatal bridge collapse during construction work (NCE 17 November 2005). The bridge has now been rebuilt. A formwork failure occurred on an elevated section, which triggered a collapse of temporary works, causing the death of six people working on the project.

Spain’s Public Works Ministry commissioned the new extension that runs through the Granada province. A consortium of three Spanish companies had won the €15.7M (£13.5M) contract to build the 9.2km extension, which includes four viaducts and three tunnels through mountainous terrain.

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