The first part of a major revamp around Quesada has been finished, with all of the work set to be completed by June, according to Rojales public works councillor, Jesús Martínez. That still means weeks of further disruption to come for business owners and people trying to access the main street, Avenida de las Naciones, in order to do some shopping or to get a bite to eat. A total of over two million euros is being spent on improvements in Quesada, with enhancements now finished in the Calle Galicia area and the stretch between Avenida de las Naciones and Avenida de los Regantes.
The work has seen pavements extended and resurfaced, as well as better access provided for people with reduced mobility. Roads have also been resurfaced whilst new ground-level direction and warning signs have been repainted, in addition to the construction of a new roundabout. Old-style sodium street lights have also been replaced by more energy-efficient LED lighting. The Hidraqua water company has also used the same time period as an opportunity to upgrade their piping, with 2,656 metres of old cement pìpes replaced by those made of iron and plastic.
“This is a major series of investments aimed at improving life for local residents which range from road safety issues through to improving the drainage system and enhancing playgrounds”, remarked councillor Martínez. The biggest changes involve Quesada ́s main street, Avenida de las Naciones, where traffic access has been restricted since January when the improvement work started. Martínez said that the council had talked with business owners before and after the works began in order to make sure that disruption was kept to a minimum.
The road though has in effect become a temporary one-way-street for motorists leaving Quesada, with nearby free parking at a premium. He did admit though things would get worse towards the end of the project when vehicular access to the road would be further restricted when resurfacing takes place. Besides the improved road surface, half-a-million euros is being spent on new pavements and lights, in addition to a new water collection system to stop the regular flooding problems suffered after torrential rain on Avenida de las Naciones.
The final package will also include new street benches, trees, and the building of a mini-roundabout at the junction with Calle Costa Azul. Another big change will be for people wanting to catch a taxi with the previous rank on the main street moving to the Plaza Blanca close to the municipal offices in Quesada. Councillor Martínez said that building work on the new rank will “finish in a few weeks”.