The Council of Tenerife will study the necessary measures to make the Barranco de la Orchilla bridge, between Granadilla de Abona and San Miguel de Abona, safer, both for traffic and pedestrians and, in particular, to prevent its use by suicide bombers. The proposal comes from the Popular Party in the Island Corporation, which had the unanimous support of the Plenary Highway Commission.
This body acquired the commitment to prepare a study that, for reasons of public health and safety, urgently assess the characteristics and structural conditions of the existing railing on the Barranco de la Orchilla bridge, on the southern main road. An agreement that also determines that among its priorities include the immediate adoption of security measures and the integration of suicide prevention.
This commitment stems from a motion promoted by the Popular Party Group in the Corporation. At the committee meeting, the director Manuel Fernandez expressed concern about his training policy Given the situation of “obvious lack of security” that this point of the road network and the geography of the Island registers, it delimits the municipalities of San Miguel de Abona and Granadilla de Abona.
The Barranco de la Orchilla bridge is considered the longest and deepest in the municipality of San Miguel de Abona. It reaches 40 meters in height.
In his presentation, Manuel Fernández emphasized the “great concern” that exists in the area “due to the situation that occurs in this section of the insular road network”, a point at which “the road narrows significantly due to the lack of of a minimum verge ». This circumstance, together with the high traffic density that this road supports, “makes the circulation on it very dangerous,” said the PP counselor.
But Fernández also referred to the fact that in recent years there has been an increase in deaths from suicides on this bridge. This is the reason why the Popular Party requested in the Plenary Highway Commission that the study on the improvement of security in the area include, as a matter of priority, “the immediate adoption of security measures that include suicide prevention, as well as the installation of physical barriers or the interventions that are required to prevent this circumstance”.