The San Pedro underpass between Marbella and the western Costa del Sol, in Andalusia, Spain, is set to be open for the public in June 2012.

The kilometre-long tunnel, built on the main coastal A7 motorway, is designed to let vehicles run freely, without traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

It is predicted that the € 85m ($111.8m) underpass, which is set to ease congestion along the route and allow a smooth flow of traffic, will be used by almost 65,000 cars every day.

Completion of the project has been delayed by many years due to on-off construction, controversy and congestion, which resulted in an increased cost of the tunnel.

But Marbella Mayor Angeles Muñoz has reassured the Minister for Public Works Ana Pastor that the project will be finished in June.
Feltrim International managing director Adam Cornwell said the San Pedro underpass saga has been nothing short of an embarrassment and a thorn in the side for residents and tourists alike.

"A project that was conceived to ease traffic and be finished in 2009 has dragged on almost five years and created the congestion blackspot from hell," added Cornwell.

"When the ribbon is cut in June we’ll all breathe a sigh of relief and journeying to the ‘west’ and towns, such as Estepona, Manilva and Duquesa, will become a swift pleasure rather than a time-consuming chore."