SAN PEDRO DE ALCANTARA Council has responded to public opinion regarding the town’s central thoroughfare, after its principal roundabout was closed following two fatal accidents.
The roundabout has now been reopened after repeated criticism from residents, but now has only one functioning lane, which councillors say will reduce the speed of traffic to a ponderous 25 kilometres per hour.
Residents will be pleased at the decision, since the roundabout permits easy access to the town centre and beach, with drivers forced to take the long way round while it has been closed.
The boulevard itself, where both tragedies occurred, has been repainted with new traffic lights, radars, and road signs installed, while parking is now permitted on both sides in order to reduce the flow of traffic to a single lane.
Electronic displays will warn drivers exceeding the 40 kilometre per hour speed limit, after a Bolivian woman was killed at the beginning of May by a speeding Bentley with a notorious British Costa del Sol resident in the drivers’ seat.