Following a recent meeting between the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the Tenerife Cabildo insular director for roads Ofelia Manjón it has been confirmed that work on both the new Armeñime and Los Menores roundabouts should start shortly.
Both roundabouts have been designed to ease traffic congestion and increase public safety and access, and are also meeting public demand. The Armeñime roundabout, along the TF 47, will serve not only the local residents but the 21,000 drivers who use this roadway daily. In the case of Los Menores the new installation, along the TF 82 will be alongside work to widen the Calle La Tablada and improve accessibility and circulation of traffic as well as improving the links between various towns.
Both projects have already received the necessary approval of the Adeje council and the Cabildo however plans were delayed due to problems with land appropriation, but they have now, say the authorities, been resolved and the tenders for the road works will be granted very soon, with work scheduled for completion during 2016.
The works should last up to 8 months
The Avenida de Los Pueblos, which is part of the Open Commercial Zone of Costa Adeje, Tenerife and the Canary Islands, is undergoing improvements. The work has already begun and should last up to 8 months. The company engaged to carry out the work is Acciona S. A. one of the main Spanish companies involved in the promotion and development of infrastructures and renewable energies.
The cost of the work will be in the region of eight hundred thousand euros, financed by the regional government (50%) the Cabildo and the Adeje council. The Adeje councilor for works, Gonzalo Delgado Diaz said, “This open commercial zone in Costa Adeje is in one of the most important tourist zones in South Tenerife. Based in a hugely important part of the tourist borough, what we want to do with these works is give preference to pedestrians over vehicles and offer residents and visitors a quality zone where they can enjoy themselves”.
The work will meet two basic needs, serve two important functions: one hand satisfy the needs of those who are on foot, which will help businesses, shops, etc. and on the other hand increase flexibility in the zone, allowing traffic through at the same time. “The main objective will be the redirection of traffic along the avenue, which in turn should improve the image of the zone as well as reducing the danger that has, in the past, been caused by speeding drivers”.
Given the relevance of the works, the council is also suggesting that the different locales, shops, etc. along the public thoroughfare, work to upgrade their façades. “We would like all the businesses in the zone to be part of the project. With public money being invested for their benefit, we would encourage some private investment too in improving the look of the shop fronts, and in that way we are all working together and everyone is bringing workable ideas to fruition for the benefit of all”.
The changes will include the widening of the pavement on the coast side of the road, and with this an improvement in the pedestrian zone as well as the creation of a large pedestrian/commercial axis, bringing together Avenidas Rafael Puig, Los Pueblos and Calle Ernesto Sarti, which will also see joining of commercial spaces in Costa Adeje and Las Américas (Arona). The design includes expansion of the pedestrian area in front of the CC San Eugenio as well as along the link to Calle Rafael Puig where you have an important concentration of shops, bars and restaurants in Costa Adeje.
Other changes will see the relocation of some set down areas and bus stops. There will also be a small taxi-rank (3-4 cars) located in front of the CC San Eugenio with the rest of the taxis facilitated in a nearby parking zone. The plan also includes the replanting of a lot of the green zones and vegetation to increase the shade for pedestrians and in parallel the drainage and public lighting in the area will also be improved.