The objective of this action is to facilitate more efficient access to this exclusion zone due to volcanic eruption, the emergency services, the farmers and the evicted who need to collect their belongings. The Ministry makes an investment of 1,795,243 euros in this emergency work that should be finished in mid-December.
The staff of the company hired by the Ministry for this action, Traysesa, this morning began the earthworks with six backhoes to which two more will join tomorrow.
To guarantee the agility of the works, these works have begun at both ends of the Hoya Verdugo Road, a narrow and almost unpaved local road, which after this action will become a 2.3-kilometer long, two-way road with all the security measures that allow its use as a moderate speed road.
Puerto Naos and its surroundings were cut off from the northern part of the island due to the arrival of the lava flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcano to the sea, which covered the three routes that until then allowed this connectivity: the LP-2, the LP-211 and the LP-213 (Puerto Naos road).
For this reason, the Pevolca Steering Committee has arranged for the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Housing to carry out these emergency works, since it is going to act on roads that are not of regional competence, and due to necessity. to establish an access road to Puerto Naos and its surroundings with all the security measures and that allows rapid movements.
After receiving this communication from Pevolca, the General Directorate of Road Infrastructure (DGIV) has declared this action as an emergency work, which has allowed the immediate hiring of the company that will carry out the works. The contractor finally chosen is Traysesa, one of the UTE companies that executes the works on the LP-2 between Bajamar and Tajuya. The Ministry has chosen this option because the company already has personnel, material and machinery in the work area that was being used in the original work.
With this emergency action, coordinated with the Cabildo of La Palma, will allow the connection of the towns of Puerto Naos and La Bombilla, as well as the banana plantations in the area, with the LP-211 and with the LP-2 through the south of the island. At the moment, these connections are limited to narrow and in many cases unpaved country roads.
The DGIV, in collaboration with the Cabildo de La Palma, has carried out an analysis of technically viable alternatives to guarantee this connection and has opted to enable a new 2.3-kilometer, six-meter wide, two-way road on the Camino de Verdugo hole. In this way the LP-211 will be connected, from the Manchas de Abajo, with the LP-213.
When leaning on an existing road, it does not require large earth movements, since it adjusts to the terrain. In addition, towards the middle of its route it is separated from the existing road to avoid affecting the Protected Natural Area of La Colada de San Juan – Cueva de Las Palomas.