The three months of closure of the Torreciega bridge to the passage of vehicles, to modernize it, seem excessive to the neighborhood association of that neighborhood, which has requested measures to shorten the term. This is unacceptable to entrepreneurs, especially those with retail businesses. “Ideally, it would be possible to alternate traffic on one lane, but the Security and Traffic Councilor, Juan Pedro Torralba, has told us that this is not compatible with the type of work being carried out and could be counterproductive” explained the neighborhood representative, Teodosio Romero. Fomento did the same and stressed that cyclists are allowed. “We ask that the traffic ban be as short as possible and not last the announced three months,” he added. An average of 5,130 vehicles pass through the road per day, of which 370 are heavy.
The unrest in the neighborhood exists but it is not uniform among its 800 inhabitants. Those who most clearly express their dissatisfaction are merchants such as the owner of the El Zamorano winery, José Pascual Alonso, and the owner of the El Yunque bar, Jerónima López. “It is not possible to cut a communication route through which 5,000 vehicles pass a day, if the alternatives that are established to enter and leave the neighborhood and get to Cartagena involve taking such great detours”, explained the first. In his opinion, a scheduled work like this should have been planned with complementary planning so as not to affect them. “Above all, they should have taken into account that, with the pandemic, we are joined by hunger and the desire to eat and we are going to have a very difficult time attracting customers,” he explained.
In El Yunque they are also concerned about the viability of the business when the shutdown forced by the pandemic ends. For now, they are limited to fulfilling home and takeout orders, but complain that the bridge cut leaves them without the clientele of the San Ginés neighborhood, located on the other side.
These two businessmen assured that there are several more equally concerned. Teodosio Romero indicated that he will continue to press for the cut to last as little as possible, but he wanted to put the complaints in their proper measure. “The pedestrian crossing is open and we have been guaranteed that it will not be closed at any time during the work”, stressed the neighborhood representative.
Among the alternative itineraries indicated by the City Council is to take the highway from the Plaza de Alicante, take the exit of the Cabezo Beaza Industrial Park and go along the road that surrounds the Zinsa land or any of the avenues that connect the industrial zone with Tito Didio. It can also be reached from Víctor Beltrí, along the La Asomada road. In addition, buses 4 and 24 are maintained to connect the neighborhood with the center, although they will not pass through Pintor Portela street until further notice.
A highly demanded reform
The sources consulted in the City Council and the Community recalled that the improvement works respond to a historical claim of the neighborhood. They involve doubling the width of the pedestrian crossing to avoid interference between those who walk or go in a wheelchair with a cart in one direction or another. It will be 1.80 meters. The roadway of the viaduct will also be improved, which will allow the train track to be crossed to the RM-F35 highway, on the way to La Aparecida, La Puebla and San Javier. The entire bridge will have LED lighting and a safety beam to separate the pedestrian crossing from that of vehicles.
“We will be attentive to avoid traffic jams in Cabezo Beaza”
The Association of Entrepreneurs of the Polígono de Cabezo Beaza (Aecab) yesterday showed its concern about the cutting of this access road to the industrial zone. Its president, Francisco Bernal, will go to the Ministry of Development through the COEC, to learn about the reform in detail and ask that the cutting of the bridge affect them as little as possible. The Traffic Councilor, Juan Pedro Torralba, warned yesterday that opening a lane of the viaduct for the alternative passage of vehicles could generate traffic stoppers in Torreciega and San Ginés. “However, we will be vigilant to avoid traffic jams at the motorway entrance,” he said.