The closing of the taganana bridge, which crosses the Cercado ravine in San Andrés, in 2021, revealed the precariousness (among many others) suffered by the residents of the Anaga massif in terms of mobility. During the more than eight months that the work to reinforce the structure of this hundred-year-old pass lasted, many were forced to take the road to the summit, or what is the same, to go through La Laguna to reach Santa Cruz.
At that time, the Santa Cruz City Council promised to enable a second crossing to prevent this from happening again in the future, since the Taganana bridge continues to have limitations. Almost two years after the commitment made by the mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, yesterday, the Governing Board formalized the award of the construction of this second step to the only company that has submitted to the tender, Probisa Vías y Obras, as how DIARIO DE AVISOS advanced on February 19.
The offer presented by the company is 411,930 euros, taxes included, which is below the base budget for the tender, which was 438,065 euros. With this definitive approval of the award, the company will be able to begin building this important passage for residents, something that the Infrastructure area, headed by Dámaso Arteaga, estimates will be before the summer. The execution time will be six months.
As the mayor recalled yesterday, “following the detection of problems on the bridge to Taganana, this City Council reacted quickly to provisionally install a military bridge, in collaboration with the Canary Islands Command, and thus prevent the towns and neighborhoods of Anaga were left incommunicado on the part of Santa Cruz. In addition to installing the provisional bridge and executing the repair of the current bridge in record time, the commitment made with the residents of Anaga was to launch the file for the construction of a second bridge, and to avoid definitively in the future that That situation can happen again.” “So -he continued- we have fulfilled the commitment to build this second bridge which, if all goes well, should be open for use before the end of the year”.
This second step is located near the Plaza Concejal Antonio Cova Domínguez, the same location that the military bridge occupied during the repair of the Taganana bridge. The works that make up the channel passage will consist of the execution of the abutments and deck of the bridge, as well as the replacement of the channeling section with the corresponding modification of the foundation.
The bridge has been designed using a reinforced concrete deck of variable section, with a depth of 80 centimeters in its central section and a minimum of 30 centimeters at its ends. It will rest at its ends on eight supports made of type B elastomeric material. The deck is completed with reinforced concrete walls anchored to the deck on both sides topped by a stainless steel railing.