AN ambitious plan to build access roads into Palma, valued at more than 100 million euros could start by the end of this year, Antoni Alemany, the Council of Majorca's Public Works director said yesterday.

The applications for government approval for the construction of the roads, aimed at easing the city's notorious traffic problems, have survived lengthy public scrutiny.

The building programme will start with the construction of a tunnel by the Athletic stadium which will connect the ring road with the dual carriageway to Manacor. It will also provide access to El Molinar from the airport dual carriageway.

The Council also confirmed yesterday that works on the access roads to the new hospital at Son Espases will be completed at the same time as the hospital itself, in October this year. Alemany said that the Council now has 120 million euros of Central Government funding for roads projects on Majorca for 2009 and 2010.

Other projects include bypasses at Llubí and Porto Cristo, road improvements from Inca to Mancor de la Vall, from the Port of Pollensa to Formentor, Soller to Fornalutx and from s'Esgleieta to Valldemossa.

Opposition Partido Popular (PP) spokesman on the Council of Majorca, Jaume Font, has meanwhile expressed concern that Central Government, in its sweeping measures to cut the national deficit, could axe a major part of this funding for Palma's access roads because the majority of the building programmes have not yet started.