Thursday, January 28

The Ondara toll, pure junk



The company hired by the Ministry of Public Works reduced these infrastructures of entry and exit to an essential road to travel to Alicante and Valencia to scrap metal in a few hours. The N-332 was never an alternativeto. It is dotted with urban crossings and supports heavy traffic. Yes or yes, you had to pay.

The iron masses, a vestige of that almost half a century of tolls, are still there. The mountain of twisted metal hardly attracts attention of drivers.

A year later (the highway was released at around 8:00 p.m. on December 31), they enter and leave the AP-7 without stopping, their gaze fixed on a road free of barriers.

The liberalization has shaken the urban crossing of the N-332 from Gata de Gorgos with trucks. As well traffic has decreased a lot in that section that crosses this municipality from end to end. On the other hand, on the other crossing of the N-332 in the Marina Alta, that of Benissa, this effect of shaking the cars is not so noticeable.

Drivers who leave in this municipality, where the toll was, to go to Calp they continue through Benissa. These cars and trucks will avoid going into the town when the bypass is finished, already well advanced. This work brings them to you. The walls that have been erected in the southern section of this detour are cyclopean. They cause a huge visual impact.

Meanwhile, next to the scrap piles at the Ondara access, Fomento continues to carry out works. It is creating a detour that allows drivers coming from Dénia to join the N-332 towards Alicante and Pedreguer.

The Alicante Provincial Council finalizes the injection and distribution of another 36 million euros for direct investments in the municipalities in 2021. These extraordinary funds will be financed the next annuity with remnants and will be added to the 30 million of the Plan + Cerca and the 7.6 million destined to the localities affected by the DANA, also financed with these contributions, according to sources from the provincial institution. The extraordinary investment for 2021 thus rises to 73.8 million euros.

The provincial institution will mobilize a historic figure next year to face the exceptional situation derived from the pandemic. The Alicante Provincial Council will allocate a total of 312 million euros, of which 238.2 million correspond to its ordinary budget and 73.8 million to the extraordinary investment line.

Last week, the Governing Board of the provincial institution approved the proposal for the actions to be financed with the remaining 36.2 million, including various financial initiatives from both Citizens and the Socialist Group. The objective of this amount is, fundamentally, to reinforce the support to the municipalities of the province and meet the social and economic needs that the covid has generated, according to the institution.

The remainder may be used from the first quarter of the year, once the data on the settlement of the budget for the current year are known. Both Ciudadanos and PSOE have submitted proposals for inclusion in the actions that will be paid for with these 36.2 million remnants, initiatives that have been added to the document prepared by the Government team.

In it, an item of six million euros will be promoted from the Social Services area, to subsidize town councils and associations of the province those extraordinary benefits derived from the pandemic. In addition, next year the Provincial Council will once again provide a call for six million euros to help the self-employed, SMEs and professionals to minimize the effects of the economic crisis, managed through the municipalities.

On the other hand, the Water Cycle area will absorb 4.4 million euros of these extraordinary funds to subsidize municipalities and irrigation communities to carry out investments in water.

The agreed distribution also includes different actions in the field of Culture for an amount of 4,170,000 euros, aimed at reinforcing the help lines promoted by the area for both councils and entities and direct cultural promotion activities will also be developed. For its part, the Roads department will allocate 2.3 million euros in investments in roads, while from the Environment area the Energy Saving Plan will be promoted with 1.5 million euros and municipal subsidies will be outlined for the acquisition of electric vehicles, with an amount of 2 million euros.

In addition, they will be allocated 4 million euros to Sports aid planss and 848,000 to the items of the Department of Architecture. Likewise, a contribution of more than one million euros will be made to the Provincial Firefighters Consortium.

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