The Madrid City Council will bury the entire A-5 with the central government’s commitment to finance the second section from Padre Piquer until the completion of ‘Operation Camp’.

As reported last night by the City Council, the delegate of Urban Planning, Environment and Mobility, Borja Carabante, reported on this agreement after his third meeting with the Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Agenda, David Lucas, to advance between both administrations in the implementation ‘Operation Camp’ is underway.

Carabante pointed out that in July the contract for the execution of the Paseo Verde del Suroeste will be awarded, which will allow the A-5 to be buried underground and put an end to the problems of the surrounding residents. The works are expected to begin in the month of October.

The delegate stated that Operation Camp will allow 10,700 homes to be generated in the city, 60% protected. In this regard, he highlighted that “promoting housing is one of the main challenges that Madrid has.”

After this meeting, the commitments and calendar between the Ministry and the City Council were ratified to present the ‘Operation Camp’ initiative throughout the summer. Subsequently, it will be approved by the Plenary Session of the Consistory and the starting signal can be given to definitively unblock these actions.

Carabante indicated that the project prepared by the City Council will be executed up to Padre Piquer Street with a budget of 400 million euros, which will be awarded in July, and work will begin in October. It will be approved in advance by the Plenary and submitted to public information.

The Ministry will finance up to 150 million euros for the works from Padre Piquer Street until the end of the scope of ‘Operation Camp’.

Carabante added that for the second phase of the burial of the A-5, if the collaboration between both administrations, from a political, institutional and technical point of view, continues on the same terms, “machines will be able to be seen working” at the end of 2025 or first of 2026.

The delegate pointed out that “the residents of the entire A-5 corridor should have the peace of mind that this second section will also be executed.”