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Spain traffic signal s1.svg Autovía del Cantábrico Autoviaesp a8.png
Signal   A-8Spain.png 
European Route   Tabliczka E70.svg 
Beginning Bilbao
End Baamonde
Length 486 km (302 mi)
List of autopistas and autovías in Spain

The Autovía A-8 is a highway (autovía) that connects all the regions on the Northern Coast of Spain. It is known as the Autovía del Cantábrico (also known as "Transcantábrica" in Galicia) and connects Baamonde (Lugo-Galicia) and Bilbao, where it continues as the Autopista AP-8 to the French border. The road passes Ribadeo, Gijón, Santander, Bilbao and San Sebastián.



Most of this infraestructure is already open to traffic (about 80% of its length). Completion is expected in a maximum of 4 years. Pending stretches under construction are: Vilalba-Reinante (province of Lugo), Tapia-Otur (province of Asturias), Llanes-Unquera (between Asturias and Santander) and a new bypass of Torrelavega. Geological and geographical difficulties have caused the construction budget to high rocket.

Bilbao area

Currently the A-8 is also the main beltway of the Greater Bilbao conurbation, which has about a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. This causes great traffic congestion along the stretch of 30 kilometers of the highway that passes by Bilbao and its metropolitan area, from Galdakao to Muskiz.



A new toll bypass of the city, known as Supersur is being built. The bypass will be 36 km long and most of its length will be tunnels under the Pagasarri range, as there is no physical space to build it elsewhere. [1]


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