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Arona’s massive road resurfacing gets underway with council pledge 

Arona council has started a major plan which will see more than 24 kilometres of roads resurfaced at a total investment of more than two million euros.

The project is taking place in two phases and comes after several years of no action despite an increase in the number of users, tourists and local people alike.

The council says this was not their fault as it was under a previous administration and it laments the state many roads have got into.

The scheme is already in the first phase of implementation, which includes improving 14 routes in five districts. These were chosen after looking at the intensity of use or if they were the sole access to various centres of population and in a particularly bad state.

This first intervention is almost complete, with jobs that have been underway since mid-September and mainly at night.

It includes comprehensive resurfacing of calles Llanos de Troya, Las Madrigueras, Managua, Ramona Martín Artista and la avenida Antonio Domínguez, all in Playa de Las Américas. This alone represents an investment of almost 460,000 euros and an improvement of more than 26.5000 square metres.

This first phase also includes interventions in Los Cristianos, specifically in calles Noruega, Hermano Pedro de Bethencourt, Valle Menéndez, Eucaliptus, Antigua TF 655 and Montaña Chica, as well as in La Sabinita, Buzanada and La Rosa.

These 14 projects cover seven kilometres with a budget of 853,000 euros.

During a visit to the works, the Mayor José Julián Mena said the works had been very much demanded by residents and were being dealt with in priority order.

“We have a growing number of vehicles and many more visitors and it shows on roads that have suffered from lack of maintenance service for many years,” he said.

In addition, the council is preparing the bidding process for the second phase of asphalting which will focus on 43 routes in eleven cores and is expected to start running in early 2017.

This second action will involve improved paving surpassing 89,000 square metres, with a budget of 1,269,740 euros.

It will incorporate nine roads in Guaza, four in Costa del Silencio, one El Fraile, two in Los Cristianos, two more in Chayofa plus others in La Sabinita, seven in Cabo Blanco, five in Valle San Lorenzo, four in La Camella, one in Buzanada and six in the urban centre of Arona.