Spectacular traffic and tighter controls on Spanish roads this weekend

by Lorraine Williamson
Spanish roads this weekend

The DGT advises in a statement that 6 million movements on Spanish roads are expected this weekend. That is 2 million more than on a summer weekend without extra holidays. 

Spain’s Traffic DGT is tightening up supervision on the roads this weekend to ‘provide safety and passage’ for citizens. On the occasion of the celebration of ‘Santiago Apostol’ day on Monday 25 July, extra traffic is expected in the communities of Madrid, Galicia, Navarre and the Basque Country. 

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What to expect on Spanish roads this weekend? 

Most traffic is expected to and from big cities to tourist areas on the coast or to second homes. Roads in the following areas will be most affected by the heavy road traffic these days;

  • Madrid
  • Castilla-La Mancha
  • Valencia
  • Murcia
  • Andalucia  


To help traffic flow more smoothly, DGT has a number of traffic control measures that can be deployed when the intensity of traffic requires it. For example, constructing an extra lane in the opposite direction, using cones, to increase the capacity of the road when traffic is expected to be heavy. 

Another possibility is, if necessary, to restrict the traffic of vehicles for dangerous goods, special transport and trucks with a maximum permitted weight of more than 7,500 kilograms during certain hours and on those sections of the road where the traffic intensity is highest. In addition, road works will be stopped in all suburbs over the weekend. This will begin from Friday (today) 1.00 pm until midnight on Sunday 24 July. However, in the regions of Galicia, Madrid and Navarre, the same will happen on Monday 25 July. 

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