N-332 PROGRESS

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Front Page - By Dave Jones djones@cb­news.es

THE NA­TIONAL gov­ern­ment has fi­nally con­ceded that it will have to pro­duce the plan which con­trac­tors will use to con­vert the jam-prone N-332 road in Tor­re­vieja into a dual car­riage­way.

A wran­gle has been tak­ing place be­tween re­gional and na­tional ad­min­is­tra­tions over the is­sue since 2015, fur­ther de­lay­ing the vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture project for Tor­re­vieja.

A project for the 8-km stretch of road had been drawn up by Va­len­cia – but it took the na­tional gov­ern­ment so long to agree fund­ing for the works that the plan was found to be out-of-date and in need of com­plete re­vi­sion.

Mayor José Manuel Dolón an­nounced on Tues­day that Madrid ‘will take on the draft­ing of the plan and widen­ing of the N-332 in Tor­re­vieja’.

“This is how it should be be­cause each ad­min­is­tra­tion has its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” he said, re­fer­ring to the na­tional road which comes un­der the re­mit of the state.

He was backed by na­tional deputy for the Com­pro­mís party, Ig­nasi Can­dela who said that the Par­tido Pop­u­lar (PP) gov­ern­ment had been ‘ly­ing to the peo­ple of Tor­re­vieja for two years’.

Sr Can­dela noted that they had ‘fi­nally ac­cepted their re­spon­si­bil­ity’ for the road and ac­cused them of wash­ing their hands of the widen­ing scheme for the last 12 years.

Mayor Dolón lamented that the PP had cre­ated a ‘fa­ble’ in or­der to ‘do noth­ing to widen the road’.

At the press con­fer­ence, he ex­plained that he had re­ceived a new let­ter from the min­istry of pub­lic works out­lin­ing their po­si­tion.

At the same time the mayor thanked the min­istry for their U-turn and said the town hall would help in any way pos­si­ble to get the work done.

He said he hoped to be able to make this of­fer in a meet­ing with the min­is­ter in the near fu­ture.

Sr Dolón also re­minded that the long de­lay in turn­ing the N-332 into a dual car­riage­way in Tor­re­vieja had cre­ated se­ri­ous prob­lems for res­i­dents of the town and the sur­round­ing area.

Com­ment­ing this week, the lo­cal PP claimed that the na­tional gov­ern­ment had ‘saved’ the project.

Tor­re­vieja’s PP spokesman Ed­uardo Dolón said that Madrid had taken on the scheme, ‘even though it was the re­gional gov­ern­ment that should have done it’.

He also claimed that lo­cal res­i­dents had not backed the mayor in his bid to stage protests over the N-332 fi­asco and to pres­sure the na­tional gov­ern­ment.

José Manuel Dolón shows the min­istry's lat­est let­ter

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