Updated 1 October: Thanks to Stewart for this latest couple of photos. He says “the work on El Emigrante it is still dragging on. Here are a couple of photos taken near the harbour entrance and Vitamins which show how close they are to finishing the work here.”
Updated 1 August 2019: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento’s town planning councillor Eduardo González has today said that although some of the improvements demanded by local businesses and residents have been achieved, the council is continuing to press the Cabildo to progress works on the Avenida Marítima. González said that he understood the inconvenience being caused and that his department is doing everything it can “to get the Cabildo’s contracts awarded for the works to meet deadlines”.
Meetings have been held with local businesses to explain the reasons for the delay to works on the Avenida El Emigrante, the first phase of which began last September and were intended to be completed in eight months. The council says that it has moved works barriers so that people can walk freely and use the public spaces, as well as opening the access road for locals needing to get to Calles Isla Bonita and La Gomera, as well as the harbour.
The project is intended to modernize the promenade between the harbour and the plaza Las Salinas, creating an open feel such as has been achieved in the San Telmo area of Puerto de la Cruz, and like that town, getting rid of the wall that prevents a clear view out to sea. There will also be graded viewing areas, shaded spots and a cycle path, all in an area which, the council says, was becoming outdated and having a negative effect on local businesses.
It is perhaps also worth remembering that the mayor of Guía de Isora until only the other day, Pedro Martín, is now President of Tenerife since the PSOE took control of the island Cabildo, so this will no doubt give rise to hopes that obstacles can be removed and paperwork streamlined so that these works can finally be brought to a successful conclusion.
Updated 28 November 2018: Thanks to snowy for this photo of the works on Avenida el Emigrante in Playa San Juan. He says the road is “currently one way in operation on the shop side of the street driving towards the port”.
Original post 11 September: Works are about to start this week on a complete modernization and renovation of Avenida El Emigrante, the main road around the coast in Playa San Juan. Guía de Isora mayor Pedro Martín has been outlining the details of the project and explaining to shopkeepers and residents of the street that the works will take around eight months and have a budget of just under €4m.
The works will be carried in two phases, firstly the area between the pier and C/. El Hierro roughly at the halfway point, and then between there and the plaza Las Salinas. By the end, the view out to sea will be opened up with the removal of the current wall, a design intended to make the road more accessible and pleasant for pedestrians with wider pavements, shaded areas and terraces, as well as a bike lane.
Mayor Martín said that the area has aged badly and it is high time it was renovated to provide better spaces for local residents as well as improved opportunities for shopkeepers in an improved area with direct access to the sea that will attract more visitors and potential customers for local businesses.