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Motorway work to improve Gran Canaria’s image 

Gran Canaria’s Cabildo has announced extensive action to improve and tidy up the GC-1 after describing the main artery through the island as “in a deplorable state”.

A programme containing nearly 400 actions has been approved, costing 14 million euros.

The area to be tackled runs 18 kilometres from Las Palmas to the airport and more than 370 hectares of land on both sides of the road. Work will start in March and will not affect the traffic flow.

The Cabildo is also to tackle the section from the airport to the south of the island.

Island leaders say sections of the land on either side of the motorway is in a state of abandonment and new landscaping is needed. Publicity posters will also be eliminated, parking areas reorganised, slopes recon-ditioned, urban and industrial facades reformed and any installations in a bad state either eliminated or repaired.

The projects also include an oasis of palm trees in the Tivoli area, the Tritón view-point restored and the lighting of the cliff of La Laja as a prominent symbol at the entrance of the capital will be improved.

Graffiti will also be re-moved, the plot located next to the commercial space of La Mareta regenerated and screens put up to hide deteriorated areas. Walls will also be repaired and re-painted.

A special taskforce of eight has already been employed to carry out the work in phases and in order of priority to improve Gran Canaria’s image.