The Almeria Provincial Council is working hard to guarantee access to all the towns and villages in the province thanks to the Winter Road Safety Plan coordinated by the Public Works Department. The Institution has been active since Friday to respond to the incidents that are being recorded due to the rain on the Provincial Road Network. The device has at the disposal of all the municipalities the human and technical resources of the Road Brigades and the machinery service of the Provincial Council, as well as an external reinforcement team to deal with all the problems caused by the storm, especially in the Levante and Almanzora.
The vice-president of the Diputación and deputy for Public Works, Ángel Escobar, pointed out that there are currently only cuts due to water overflows on provincial roads that have speed bumps and also due to landslides. He also pointed out that sediment and stones are being removed in all those places where there have been landslides. “We would like to thank the whole team because they have been working non-stop since yesterday to prevent accidents and guarantee safety on the road network.
In addition, the vice-president stressed that the Provincial Council is attending to the needs of the municipalities that have suffered damage to municipal infrastructure with technical advice, preventive actions and the drafting of projects to provide a solution to the damage caused.
Until this Saturday, the following roads were closed to traffic due to the crossing of wadis and/or floods of water:
AL-6015 between Chercos and Macael
AL-7102 in Almanzora
AL-7103 from Cantoria to Arboleas
AL-3112 at Barranquete
AL-3104 in San Vicente
AL-3202 in Costacabana
AL-8106 next to Villaricos
AL-3202 between Bacares and Velefique
The brigades continue to work on the removal of sediment and the improvement of damage and have managed to open the following roads.
AL-3115 in Pujaire
AL-3108 in Pozo de los Frailes and San José.
In addition, a cut has been resolved on the AL-6106 road in Cóbdar due to a landslide which has opened up one lane but will remain closed as a precaution. The road from Macael to Laroya and the access to Sierro have suffered damage to one of their lanes but, for the moment, the road is guaranteed.
The Provincial Council’s Winter Road Plan consists of 70 personnel, including the brigades and the Provincial Institution’s team of machine operators, as well as the support provided by the contractors responsible for maintenance, plus any reinforcements that may be necessary if the incident requires it.
As a precaution, the following roads have been closed to traffic during the night with restrictions, although all of them have alternative routes to give access to the municipalities they connect:
Closed to traffic as a precaution AL-5407 in Collado Ramal and the AL-3202 Velefique – Bacares.
Use of chains compulsory on AL-4404 in Calar Alto and AL-5406 in Las Menas.
Material resources foreseen in the Plan
6 shovels equipped with chains, distributed throughout the province.
6 motor graders equipped with chains, distributed throughout the province.
2 mixed backhoes equipped with chains and snow ploughs.
2 salt loading trucks for distribution on the road, distributed in the southern and northern areas of the province.
2 vans for transporting labourers.
A salt extension lorry.
10 vehicles for management and transport to work sites.
10 vehicles for network surveillance.
1 mini backhoe and sweepers for road cleaning.
2 dumper trucks for cleaning.
6 permanent salt stores and several temporary ones.
Machinery of external collaborators suitable for the fight against ice and snow distributed throughout the provincial territory.
Contracted equipment assigned to the Road Safety Plan: graders, loaders, backhoe loaders, mini loaders and lorries.
The Provincial Council of Almeria will keep the situation of provincial roads and incidents updated on social networks (Facebook and Twitter) and will send information this afternoon on the latest developments in the Provincial Road Network.