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Puerto council says sorry for traffic congestion as TF-31 work begins 

PAGE 8 PUERTO

Work has started to improve one of the main roads into Puerto de la Cruz.

The repairs to the Carretera del Este (TF-31) started on November 14th and will continue until December 5th, says the local council.

The authority has apologised in advance for the traffic congestion which is inevitable as a result of partial closure of the road and no parking but says it is essential.

The project includes the conditioning of the coastal route linking Puerto de la Cruz with La Orotava, in the section that connects kilometres 2.9 and 3.7 (Martiánez tunnel and access to Bollullo beach, respectively). This action will have a term of execution of six months and the Cabildo de Tenerife will invest a total of 1,081,366 euros.

The council says it is ” important work” in one of the most travelled accesses to Puerto. It will focus on improving road circulation for both pedestrians and traffic, separating the traffic from the road to Playa del Bollullo to the existing sidewalk before the false tunnel. Likewise, the lighting of the road will be improved from the tunnel to the intersection with the TF-312, access road to Puerto de la Cruz by the Botanico.

As a technical novelty, some fiberglass rails will be placed, since the location of the road means that every metallic element is degraded by the proximity to the coast. In addition, the improvement of the drainage will be carried out and the embellishment of the tunnel will be contemplated as the main entrance to the Port by Martiánez.

Traffic cuts will be made depending on what aspect of the work is being carried out. There may be diversions or one lane only operating.