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Ring-Road Project Begins Next Month

Thursday February 17, 2011

Ring-Road Project Begins Next Month

Island authorities announced yesterday that works to enlarge and improve the existing Arrecife ring-road or circunvalacion will begin in approximately one month. A move that is likely to cause disruption for both tourists and residents alike.

In order to carry out the amplification of the single lane ring-road, 7 million Euros has to be spent acquiring land from 63 fincas that lie adjacent to the carriageway. Whilst the actual cost of creating new lanes, roundabouts and street furnishings is estimated at a further 30.3 million Euros.

A successful meeting at the Cabildo of Lanzarote yesterday ironed out any remaining issues in relation to this project and also saw the contracts signed with the three companies involved in the work, Horinsa, Lanzagrava and Acciona.

One of the main aims of the project will also be to create a more user-friendly cross-road at what is currently a traffic accident black spot at the junction between Arrecife and Puerto Marmoles.

The works are anticipated to last for 30 months and will see a number of raised roundabouts created to filter traffic between the circunvalacion and the major exit points for San Bartolomé, Tahiche and the harbour. Instead of widening the existing lanes, the plan is to create two independent lanes in each direction, each with a width of 3.5 metres.

Meanwhile, the works to improve the section of the LZ-2 between Macher and Playa Quemada is forecast to cost 2.8 million Euros and should be completed within six months.

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