“We have to hit the table, we have said it actively and passively, it is urgent to end the danger of the El Puertito tunnel, before we have to regret any personal misfortune,” says the mayor of Güímar, Gustavo Pérez, about the need to guarantee the safety of the many pedestrians who have to walk along the narrow shoulder of the infrastructure located under the TF-1 and very close to bus stops.
“It is very good to talk about the third and even the fourth lane on the TF-1, but now the priority is to secure that area, because El Puertito is no longer a summer resort, but is covered 100% throughout the anus. There are many who have to go through that tunnel when they get off a bus ”, warns the mayor.
“I am still throwing stones at my roof, but until now no file on this matter has been ordered in the City Council, which is highly demanded by the neighbors, and for a few days we have sent the Cabildo and the Government a file with detailed reports from the Local Police, Civil Traffic Guard, Titsa and technicians warning of the danger of this tunnel, when cars pass less than a meter from pedestrians ”, said Pérez. He also acknowledged the lack of lighting in the Puzol area, something that will be corrected.
But this is not the only traffic problem that worries the municipal councilor of Güímar, because, like his colleagues from Arafo and Candelaria, he has already put on the table of José Luis Delgado, general director of Road Infrastructures of the Government of the Canary Islands, to resume the project of the unfinished Polígono bridge -the one in front of the JSP company-, because “that would serve to end the heavy traffic in the two large roundabouts at the entrance and exit of the Polígono to the highway or speed up tourist traffic to The Carretón to reach the helmets of Arafo and Güímar ”, says Pérez.
“Right now there are three large shopping centers in that area and another large hypermarket is about to open, which leads to large traffic jams, when gandolas and buses also pass by,” says the mayor. In addition, it exposes the possibility of incorporating “new veins to these two roundabouts” to divert the entrance and exit to the container highway, “as the industrial association of businessmen has proposed to us.” Entrepreneurs who “are pissed off by this commercial traffic that makes them lose time and money”, which has generated, according to Gustavo Pérez, “in which many logistics companies have doubts about continuing to invest in the Polígono Valle de Güímar”, says Matos with self-criticism. “In this and other matters we must do better,” he says.