Update 30 September: The new president of the Tenerife Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, has announced that the TF1 extension will restart in October. Ferrovial will resume works thanks to the €6m provided by the Canarian Government. Sr Alonso also confirmed that he will shortly initiate a series of meetings with the Canarian Government to conclude an agreement for funds to be made available in 2014 for works which remain outstanding.
Update 4 September: So, €20m was originally promised to provide the absolute minimum to get the Adeje-Santiago del Teide stretch finished. This was then reduced to €15m, and in the event it will be €6m. Far from enough, the Cabildo says, to get the works finished, and categorically will not allow this section of the extension to open before the end of 2014 at the earliest. To say the Cabildo is angry at the Government is an understatement …
Update 23 August: The Canarian Government’s consejero de Obras Públicas, Transportes y Política Territorial, Domingo Berriel, has told the Tenerife Cabildo that it will provide €10m for the Adeje to Santiago del Teide stretch of the TF1 extension, a piece that is already largely constructed. The monies are some €5m less that originally promised, but it should be sufficient, the Government says, for the two major remaining sections of the stretch to complete, namely the Vicácaro and Erques bridges, and for equipment for the El Bicho tunnel. So it’s back on for now …
Update 3 August: It’s like the proverbial you know what … on again, off again, on again, off again, ad nauseam. After announcing in June that the money was there, albeit in increased debt form, the road is now paralysed again, and will remain so until at least the end of September by which time the Government should have approved an amended budget. The works are €20m short of funds to finish the Adeje-Santiago del Teide section, the biggest problem of which is bridging the barranco de Erques. Works on the Adeje-Chio section are now expected to resume in October and to take around 20 months to complete, Tenerife’s directora de Carreteras, Ofelia Majón-Cabeza, said yesterday. The Chio-Santiago section seems to be completely up in the air.
Update 16 June: The Canarian Government is to allocate €15,000,000 to enable the TF1 extension between Adeje and Las Manchas in Santiago del Teide to be completed, the Tenerife Cabildo Roads Minister, José Luis Delgado, has confirmed. The money will come from increased borrowing which will be approved by the national government before the end of June, an approval which would release some €200,000,000 in total increased debt to the Canaries. Sr Delgado said that he was confident that 2014’s budget would allocate a further €15,000,000 for the project so that the road should be open to traffic at the beginning of 2015.
Update 19 April: The Canarian Government’s Public Works minister, Domingo Berriel, has said that the motorway extension between Adeje and Santiago del Teide is too important and strategic a project for the economic development of the island to be allowed to lapse, and that it will go ahead this year despite the cuts in public funding. His comments were backed up by Tenerife Cabildo Vice President Carlos Alonso, who confirmed that the Public Works Department would find some formula over the next few weeks to allow the works to be resumed. Two possibilities that seem promising are to finance works under regional deficit, or to increase the aval conditions to provide better guarantees for contractors to continue. However they do it, they’re looking at works resuming “in a few weeks”.
Update 17 March: In January, works were “just waiting for a signature”, but now, in bad news for our infrastructure and our employment statistics, the TF1 extension and connection between Adeje and Santiago del Teide is officially paralysed. All that will be done for the foreseeable future is the placement of a bridge underneath the village of Tejina. Apart from this, the nine subcontractors of UTE Adeje-Santiago del Teide are collecting plant and material because, in their own words, “the chief of works has said that it’s finished”.
The announcement was made by Agroexcavaciones Prieto and González Casañas, two of the businesses affected. Benjamin Prieto, owner of the excavation company, said that the cessation of works in respect of the most important road infrastructure in Tenerife could leave some 200 workers out of a job, and added that they had been given to understand that the works would not go further because of the lack of funds, and had been told only to stop, with no information about when works might resume. González Casañas confirmed that “they are blocking the exits and handing over materials”.
The problem lies in the cuts in funding from Madrid to the Canaries for its road investment. Described as brutal, 2013’s funding was reduced by 74% from 207 to 54 million Euros. Mayor of Guía de Isora Pedro Martín, however, said that despite the cuts, the works could go ahead given the right priorities being drawn up by the regional Parliament. He described the lack of funds for the extension to be finished as “nonsensical”.
Update 31 January 2013: Works on the TF1 extension between Adeje and Santiago del Teide have been practically paralysed since September for the lack of a signature. So says Tenerife Cabildo consejero de Carreteras José Luis Delgado, who stressed that the stretch is almost finished, but that the installation of its two bridges is stuck for the want of authorization to begin which just needs the Canarian Government’s consejero de Obras Públicas, Domingo Berriel, to put pen to paper.
Delgado said that the papers in question had been on Berriel’s desk since September, and if money was what was really behind the delay, the works so far had cost over €150 million and would only require a further €20 million to complete. Money does seem to be the issue, indeed, since the Canarian Government’s budget for this year’s allocates only €100.000 for the ring road, an allocation that Delgado classed as “insufficient”, and an amount that might not even cover security, let alone works.
Update 3 September: Although there was doubt earlier in the year, the Canarian Government has now formally committed itself to providing funds to finish the motorway extension between Armeñime and Santiago del Teide. The works, which have been paralysed, originally had a completion date of the end of 2013, and the Cabildo says that the Government’s commitment makes that deadline feasible again. This is also when the motorway connection between Icod de Los Vinos and El Tanque comes into use, and so the dream of the Tenerife ring road is back on once again.
Original post 2 April: The completion of the Adeje to Santiago del Teide extension of the TF1 is in doubt after national Government cuts of 64% for road projects in Tenerife. Works on several other roads are also up in the air, the Canarian Government minister for public works, Domingo Berriel, has announced.
Apart from road users, of course, among the most affected will be the actual contractors who were allocated the projects, and who the Government now fears will seek compensation for the loss of some 130 million Euros in 2012 alone – the projects were due to run to 2017.
Apart from the TF1 extension, other road works affected by the cuts include the third carriageway between Güímar and Santa Cruz, the TF1 extension between Santiago del Teide and Icod and then on to El Tanque. North Tenerife is also affected in respect of the Via Litoral in Santa Cruz, and works on the TF5 between Ofra and El Chorrillo, and Padre Anchieta to Los Rodeos.
Sr Berriel said that the regional Government was studying the possibility of an appeal to the Supreme Court or even the Constitutional Court to contest the decision for breach of agreement.
Update 23 January 2012: The President of the Canaries, Paulino Rivero, has said that the TF1 extension between Adeje and Santiago del Teide, which forms part of the island ring road, will be finished in December this year, and open to traffic probably in the first quarter of 2013. The extension will be two lanes in either direction between Armeñime (Adeje) and Tejina (Guía de Isora) and to the new port at Fonsalía, and a three lane “chicken run” between Tejina and Santiago del Teide.
Original post 13 September 2010: It was quite impressive watching it on TV as the huge drill broke through the wall of rock in the presence of the President of the Canaries, Paulino Rivero. The “tunel del Bicho” is part of the extension of the TF1, and it connects the two fronts of the work currently making good progress in Santiago del Teide and Adeje.
The tunnel, near Arguayo, has taken 10 months to excavate and is just over a kilometer long. It will reduce the journey time between the two municipalities by 17 minutes. It has cost 30 million Euros, slightly over 20% of the entire cost of the motorway link, which will eventually form part of the ring road around the whole island.
Around 90% of the route of the present section is now excavated, and the connection for the road down to the new port at Fonsalía will start shortly. ABC