SICE has secured a contract from the Spanish Ministry of Infrastructure to remodel six tunnels of the Cantabrian Expressway (A-8) to increase safety.

Under the contract, SICE will remodel tunnels of El Carmen, Llovio, Tezangos, El Fabar, Arena de Morís and Duesos in the Ribadesella and Caravia section.

SICE subsidiary ACS Group will be executing the remodelling works of the tunnels in the Ribadesella-Caravia stretch.

In addition, SICE noted that it will replace the existing tunnels management system with new SIDERA OP open control platform to create a smarter transport infrastructure.

SICE claims that during an emergency its SIDERA OP management system enables monitoring of all the tunnel’s devices to ensure a maximum level of safety and operability.

Its SIDERA software platform is designed to provide surveillance, security, emergency management and mechanical management, and collects the data related to road operation and performance.

The new system will be equipped with advanced technologies that are expected to create a greater degree of control during remodelling works and upcoming maintenance and operation tasks.

Upon completion of the remodelling works, the tunnels are expected to become safer with an improved design and construction characteristics.

The company noted that the remodelling will be done as per the European Safety Directive, which focuses on reducing the incidence of accidents on the road networks of the Member States.

In June 2018, Acciona Construcción selected SICE to perform the integration of Caldearenas Tunnel control systems in the port of Monrepós, Huesca.

SICE will be responsible for the installation of the communications systems, variable signalling, GTC systems and SOS communication equipment.

The 3km-long Caldearenas Tunnel on the A-23 motorway will feature the Scada Sidera control and application system developed by SICE.