After six in the afternoon, the first cars crossed the San Andrés bridge. The construction fences, the unfinished asphalt, or the signage, indicate that the work has not been completed, but also that it is progressing enough for the towns of Anaga to return to the 21st century, by recovering connectivity with Santa Cruz through almost century-old infrastructure. Two traffic lights, one on each side of the bridge, will regulate the passage of vehicles, including those of large tonnage, which will allow the passage of vats, construction trucks, and most importantly, buses. “As Titsa has communicated to us, it is already reorganizing the service so that, as of Monday, it can recover the route of the different lines that was had before the closure of the bridge,” explained the Councilor for Infrastructure to DIARIO DE AVISOS on site .
“Some finishes are missing, such as the guardrails for the pedestrian crossing. We have had a problem and we will not be able to install them tomorrow, so for the moment the pedestrian crossing has been closed until what is missing is installed ”, he added.
“While this very important road infrastructure remains open -added the councilor-, we will continue with the auction work that remains pending, such as the installation of the final fences and other actions such as painting and exterior beautification”.
Arteaga explained that the forecast is for the work to be completely completed by mid-December, which includes the reopening of the passage under the bridge, returning traffic on Pedro Schwartz Avenue to normal.
As for the military bridge, it will remain installed at least until December 9. “In his case, one-way traffic will be regulated, and thus the passage through the San Andrés bridge will also be lightened,” Arteaga explained.
The residents of San Andrés, who remained expectant about the reopening of the infrastructure, showed their satisfaction to restore normalcy to the towns of Anaga as far as road communication with Santa Cruz is concerned.
“The deadlines have been met, as planned, and what we are recovering today is the bearing capacity of the bridge, with what that means for the neighbors, from public transport, to the visit of tourist buses, or the capacity of restaurants to attract customers ”, detailed Arteaga.
The mayor of Works himself was in charge of informing the first vehicle that he could now use the bridge to cross to the other side of the ravine. In the coming days it is expected that it will be used normally, under the same conditions as before it closed almost eight months ago.
For her part, Inmaculada Fuentes, councilor of the Anaga district, highlighted that “the opening of this very important communication infrastructure between the town of San Andrés and the Anaga massif, which is the gateway to the Biosphere Reserve, is excellent news for the neighbors ”and added that“ it is a relief to once again have its full operation and a guarantee also for the economic activity of the district, which will allow businesses that depend to a large extent on connections to return to normality. the influx of visitors ”.
The comprehensive reform of this road infrastructure began its rehabilitation since last summer, by emergency route, which has involved an investment of more than 500,000 euros, and has been reopened in a timely manner.