ROQUETAS de Mar council has urged the Sub-delegation of the Government in Almeria to reopen the section of the N-340 connecting Aguadulce with the provincial capital as soon as possible.
The coastal highway, known locally as ‘El Cañarete’, was closed to traffic in both directions on New Year’s Eve after a giant rock came crashing down in the area close to the Hotel Playa Sol in Enix in the early hours of the morning, taking a huge chunk out of the road surface and causing other damage.
Roquetas Urban Development councillor Francisco Gutierrez called for the necessary works to be speedy, particularly stressing the concerns of local taxi drivers over the road closure.
The councillor also underlined what he said was the need for the national government to add a third lane to the A-7 motorway on the El Parador to Almeria stretch in order to improve traffic flow between the Roquetas district and the capital.
The Sub-delegation has now reportedly carried out a report on the extent of the damage to the El Cañarete and is waiting on the firming up of a quote, which will then have to be approved by the Public Works ministry.
In the meantime, the Guardia Civil’s Traffic department has increased officer presence during rush hours on access points to the A-7 from Aguadulce and Roquetas.