C-32 highway (Spain)
|Corredor del Mediterrani|
|Length:||132 km (82 mi)|
|Primary highways in Catalonia|
C-32 is a primary highway in Catalonia, Spain. It was created in 2004 by merging three sections of existing autopistas and autovías. This re-organisation was part of a renaming of primary highways managed by the Generalitat de Catalunya. According to this new denomination, the first number (C-32) indicates that is a southwest-northeast highway (parallel to the Mediterranean Sea coastline), while the second number (C-32) indicates that is the second-closest to the Mediterranean Sea.
The Barcelona-Mataró's section of the former A-19 (now renamed to C-31 and C-32) was the first autopista ever in Spain (1969).
Southern section (El Vendrell-Sant Boi de Llobregat)
The C-32's southern section, also known as Autopista de Pau Casals (officially), named in honor of the famous cellist Pablo Casals, who is known as Pau Casals in Catalan, or non-officially Túnels del Garraf after the tunnels through the Garraf Massif, was previously named A-16 before the redenomination. It is a partially tolled autopista which runs parallel to the southern Barcelona's Mediterranean coast. It starts at the intersection with the AP-7, near El Vendrell, and finishes at the intersection with the Barcelona International Airport access freeway, near Sant Boi de Llobregat.
Middle section (Sant Boi de Llobregat-Montgat)
The middle section should correspond to the actual autovía B-20, also known as Ronda de Dalt, which is a part of the Barcelona's Rondes (ring road). This section has not been renamed yet because it is managed by the Spanish government.
Northern section (Montgat-Palafolls)
The northern section is a part of the former autopista A-19 , also known as Autopista del Maresme. It begins at the intersection of the middle section (B-20) with the C-31, at Montgat, and finishes at Palafolls, where it connects with the N-II. It crosses the comarca of Maresme, connecting relevant towns such as Vilassar de Mar, Mataró, Arenys de Mar or Calella. An extension of this section from Palafolls to Blanes is already planned and its construction recently approved, whereas a further extension from Blanes to Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar is a controversial issue which is still in the middle of a discussion process.