Pot­holes set to be patched up

Com­pany con­tracted for Ori­huela Costa streets

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The street and pave­ment main­te­nance con­tract for the coast was handed to the com­pany UTE Viales Ori­huela Costa this week for €757,400 a year.

By Nuria Pérez THE STREET and pave­ment main­te­nance con­tract for Ori­huela Costa was handed to the com­pany UTE Viales Ori­huela Costa this week for €757,400 a year.

Coun­cil­lor for in­fra­struc­ture Juan Ig­na­cio López-Bas ex­plained that it will run for four years, although it can be ex­tended for an­other two years un­til De­cem­ber 2025.

Sr López-Bas told Costa Blanca News the agree­ment in­cludes all new streets in Ori­huela Costa which were not in­cluded in the for­mer con­tract – and the bud­get has been in­creased by up to 50%.

The ten­der pro­ce­dure was launched in De­cem­ber 2017, but it has taken the coun­cil a year to as­sess the bids and con­tract the com­pany due to the dra­matic short­age of qual­i­fied coun­cil of­fi­cers.

“Only two civil ser­vants are qual­i­fied and en­ti­tled to work on such ten­ders and one of them has been on longterm sick leave,” said the coun­cil­lor.

He stressed that the con­tract cov­ers the main­te­nance of all streets and pave­ments – ex­cept pri­vate ones in­side ur­ban­i­sa­tions – and ‘ac­ces­si­bil­ity works’ on pave­ments.

He noted that main­te­nance means ‘patch works and fill­ing in holes in the streets’ and re­pair­ing dam­aged pave­ments.

“Resur­fac­ing of se­ri­ously dam­aged streets like those in La Flor­ida is not con­sid­ered to be main­te­nance and is a dif­fer­ent ser­vice which is car­ried out by the coun­cil,” he ex­plained. Ac­cord­ing to Sr López-Bas, up to €7 mil­lion would have to be in­vested to resur­face all the se­ri­ously dam­aged roads and streets in Ori­huela Costa.

“A to­tal of €1.5 mil­lion has been spent since Fe­bru­ary 2017 on resur­fac­ing works and an­other €500,000 has been bud­geted for the streets which are in a poor con­di­tion,” he said.

“These works are con­sid­ered in­vest­ments and are paid with funds from the land auc­tion sale.”

Res­i­dents and as­so­ci­a­tions have com­plained many times about pot­holes, ze­bra cross­ings and lack of street signs and pave­ments, but no com­pre­hen­sive re­pair schemes have been car­ried out.

The con­tract with the com­pany for­merly awarded the main­te­nance ser­vice ex­pired in De­cem­ber 2016.

Coun­cil­lor López-Bas ad­mit­ted that main­te­nance had been pro­vided in an ir­reg­u­lar way by the com­pany for­merly awarded the con­tract.

Ac­cord­ing to Sr López-Bas, coun­cil of­fi­cers is­sued a re­port on dam­age to streets and pave­ments that had to be re­paired and the com­pany did the job.

Pay­ments were de­layed due to the op­po­si­tion of the coun­cil’s au­di­tor to pay­ing an in­voice with no con­tract.

Pot­holes in the road lead­ing to Playa Fla­menca sec­ondary school

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