This is the weekend of the year with the most traffic on the road, the end of the first fortnight of August comes together, that is, cars entering and leaving the big cities, with those who take advantage of this long weekend on August 15 for a escape. Madrid begins to notice from the early afternoon retentions in practically all the exits from the capital in this exit operation.
The start of the operation out of the Puente de la Paloma in Madrid has been marked by traffic congestion on several of the main roads out of the capital, such as the A-1 (La Coruña), A-3 (Valencia) , A-4 (Andalusia), A-5 (Toledo), the M-40 and the M-50, according to data from the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT).
Thus, in the case of the A-1, slow traffic is recorded from 2:00 p.m. at kilometer 30 in the municipality of Las Pueblas in the direction of leaving the city.
The A-3, for its part, has congestion from 1:39 p.m. between kilometer 53, in the town of La Varga, to 61, in the municipality of Fuentidueña del Tajo, also in an increasing sense of mileage.
In Las Arena there are also traffic jams between kilometers 17 and 19 of the A-4 from 2:49 p.m., while on the A-5 the congestion, which is recorded from the same time, is from kilometer 22 to 27, between Humera and the province of Toledo.
For its part, the M-40 has slow traffic from km 10 to 12.5 in Coslada and the M-50 presents the same phenomenon between 84 and 85 in La Dehesa.
This Friday at 3:00 p.m., and until 00:00 a.m. next Monday, the Special Operation August 15 begins, which the General Directorate of Traffic has launched in order to cover the 7,070,000 movements planned for these days in the country as a whole, which is 2.19 percent more compared to the actual data for 2021.
This long weekend, thanks to the celebration on Monday of the national holiday of August 15, the departure and return trips for the change of fortnight of the August vacation month will be joined by the short-haul trips that take place to places where popular festivities are held as well as those held in coastal towns and beaches or second home areas as they are a few days of leisure and weekend rest within the typical holiday month of August.
Trouble in Irun
The fires that are devastating the south of France continue to cause delays at the Irún border crossing. In the last days, retentions of up to 5 km continue to occur. because several French highways have had to be closed by fire.
According to reports from the Basque Government’s Traffic Directorate, around half past four in the afternoon the retentions on the AP-8 in Irun, on the border with France, already reached five kilometers in the direction of Baiona (France).