Thanks to two readers, Patricia and Paul W for prompting me to investigate this subject again.....
UPDATED - 19 September 2019 - see suggested description of the situation from a reader
Almost a year ago I linked to an article on the Almería 360 site about future improvements to the 409 and 411 motorway turn offs. In the article I mentioned that work was to commence in 2019.
I have now done a bit more research and re-read a separate article here on the Ideal site about the proposed work. I had read the Ideal story at the time but linked to the Almería 360 one. As it had an image of the proposed work. I picked up the 2019 date from the Ideal story.
It appears that perhaps only work on the 411 turn off was scheduled for 2019.
I remember a small piece of work being carried out there earlier this year. With part of the 411 turn off being shut off for a while.
So at the moment all I know is that the design contract for the work on the 409 junction was allocated to a company called Betancourt in October 2018. With the design contract being just under 100,000 euros (for the two junctions I think). The estimated total cost for the two pieces of work is just under 4 1/2 million euros.
So who knows when the work on the 409 junction will start.
Here is an update from a reader.....(19 September 2019) "I believe (but I am not 100% sure) that everything in the 2019 “presupuesto” (budget) was rejected. So then the government had to stand down and there had to be an election in April 2019. As no government has been formed since then there will be no presupuesto. Now there is going to be another election in November. A new presupuesto won’t be agreed until a new government is in place. Consequently, there is no approved budget for the road works."
Comment from me (19 September 2019): The Spanish have a system of devolved government. With budgets being set at various levels For example centrally by the main government (in Madrid). In the regions (ours is Andalucia). Then in the provinces (ours is Almería). Then in local town halls (ours is El Ejido). Finally in the Spanish version of a parish council (ours is Almerimar). So an example here is that the proposed senior school in Almerimar will paid for from the Andalucia budget. On land gifted to the project by El Ejido town hall. I think that in some cases money for a project can come from the budgets of more than one level of government. So my guess is that the reader is correct. That the lack of a central budget for Spain is probably having an impact on this road improvement project.
Read More for a Google translation of the article from October 2018 on the Ideal site.
The Ministry of Development published on Monday in the Official State Gazette the formalization of the service contract for the drafting of the project
The Official State Gazette (BOE) included in its Monday edition the formalization of the service contract for the drafting of the construction project for the improvement of links 409 and 411 of the A-7 Mediterranean motorway.
Along these lines, the Ministry of Development will allocate an estimated budget of 4.45 million euros to this project.
On the other hand, once the project has been completed and the works are executed, this remodeling will improve the links of the A-7 with other roads that give access to the municipality of El Ejido.
The action that is expected to be carried out on link 409, which is currently diamond-type with heavy-type intersections, is the increase and improvement of the roundabout platforms, as well as the extension of the overpass over the trunk of the highway, by building another structure parallel to the existing one, which can house two lanes per direction, bike lane and steep for pedestrians.
At this same point, the exit capacity of the highway will be increased by doubling the width of the deceleration branches and segregating the right turn of the roundabouts.
On the other hand, in relation to link 411, the works will consist of the transformation of the south link to diamond type, the construction of closed roundabouts, one to the north and another to the south, and the reordering of the existing intersections. Likewise, the project contemplates the variation of the current direct speed change lanes for others of parallel type, also extending its length.
This intervention will also contribute to reducing the danger points, since the current layout does not allow the amount of vehicles entering and leaving El Ejido to be absorbed through these links, causing continuous retentions in the peak hours of the day and in the season.
Precisely on the link 411 of the A-7 motorway, several conservation works were carried out last April that consisted of the elevation of the slope of the track up to a meter in some points to avoid the problems that the accumulation of rainwater generated in that section.
At that time the mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, in addition to indicating that it was a very necessary action to solve the problems that until that moment were generated in that area «that, due to the fall of heavy rainfall, forced to proceed to the cutting of traffic due to the large accumulation of water », he said that the forecast is that by the end of the year the drafting and works of this project were ready, to begin in 2019. Deadlines that appear to be being met.
Some works that should contribute to decongest traffic in these two conflict points.