THERE was some good news for those who live, work or commute in the area of Calle España as it has now been refurbished and opened to the public in record time and well under budget.
When the job went out to tender, it was estimated that it would take 30 days to remove the cobble stones from the 1,200 square metre major thoroughfare at a cost of just over €96,000 but in the event, the winning tender came in at €75,408.70 with a 12 day completion period which was met.
As it is such an important road, which had deteriorated over the years, it was necessary to use the best materials and to complete as quickly as possible in order to reduce congestion and inconvenience.
The work saw all of the cobbles and supporting layer removed, a new base laid and two layers of conglomerate support with a printed asphalt top coating to look like cobbles, specially treated to minimise problems from slipping and damage from fuel spill.
Although the tender was agreed prior to Christmas, it was decided to delay work until after the celebrations and Three Kings Cavalcade and now that this work is complete, it is expected that Calle Cervantes will be the next street to lose its cobbles.