A new pedestrian crossing is also enabled just before the confluence with La Nucía street
Benidorm arranges traffic on the occasion of the opening of Beniardá avenue with a new access to Colonia Madrid from Alcalá street
The forecast is that by the end of this week, weather permitting, the underpass will be open to traffic
The upcoming opening of Beniardá Avenue, once the paving work in the lower part of the underpass is completed, will entail the reordering of road traffic throughout the area to recover the mobility that had been affected by the works.
However, two novelties have been incorporated that affect the movement of vehicles and pedestrian traffic on the avenue itself. On the one hand, access to Colonia Madrid neighborhood will be enabled from Alcalá Street for vehicles travelling up Beniardá Avenue. To this end, a new traffic lane with a mandatory turn to the left is implemented. However, the existing one at the top of the avenue on Capitán Cortés Street is maintained, although only for vehicles going downhill.
Similarly, pedestrians will also have a new zebra crossing to cross from one side of the avenue to the other. This new crossing will be located in the section between Orxeta and La Nucía streets, almost on the corner with the latter. It should be noted that this block did not have any zebra crossing until now.
The Councilor for Mobility, José Ramón González de Zárate, explained that with these two modifications, "vehicles are allowed to access Colonia Madrid without having to go to Capitán Cortés, with which we not only gain in comfort but also offer more opportunities for drivers. And on the other hand, pedestrians will be able to cross the avenue through a passage that did not exist until now and that prevents them from having to go to the closest ones”.
In this case, the mayor specified that it is a "very useful" zebra crossing because it is located at the exit of an important food center. On many occasions, people leave loaded with bags and must travel many meters to cross the road. road and also for people who go with personal mobility vehicles or wheelchairs ”. The councilor has pointed out that it is "a demand from the neighbors that we found very interesting."
González de Zárate also indicated that once the avenue is fully opened, at the end of this week, road traffic will return to normal channels. "We are already paving the underpass with the commitment we had to open before the summer, and we are going to do it much sooner, but we have also made some decisions that will greatly improve mobility and accessibility for people," he stated.
The Councilor for Mobility also explained that the access to Colonia Madrid through Estación Street "will continue to be operational". However, he qualified that the vehicles that enter following that way "will do so through the upper part". That will be "in the immediate future, as the work on the upper part is finished."
What does disappear is, as has been mentioned, the turn to the left to enter Capitán Cortes Street for the vehicles that circulate in an upward direction “because the underground pass ends at that height for the cars that come from the top. But it is maintained for those who circulate in the direction of the Crossing ”.
"We believe that it is a very good configuration and little by little we will get used to it," said González de Zárate, who once again insisted that "on Saturday, if the rain allows us, we will be driving the car under the tracks ”.