Pablo Rodríguez (l) & Carlos Alonso (r). Photo: Canarian Government.
There is only one stretch of motorway left to complete now before Tenerife can claim its anillo insular (island ring road), and that is between Santiago del Teide, where the TF1 currently ends, and El Tanque, where the TF5 starts. The road has been promised for years, and back in 2009 a firm commitment was given that it would be finished by 2015, but now the Tenerife Cabildo and Canarian Government have come to an agreement that should see the works completed.
The Government and Cabildo will work together, with the former overseeing and directing the works which will be carried out by the Cabildo, it was announced yesterday by the Government’s minister for public works, Pablo Rodríguez, and Tenerife President Carlos Alonso. Alonso explained that the Cabildo would finance half of the funding for the road, some €300m, with the other half coming from the regional Government’s Canarian Development Fund (Fondo de Desarrollo de Canarias (Fdcan)).
The legal agreement is now being drawn up, and the original technical project is being brought up to date. President Alonso said that he was confident that works could be put out to tender before the end of this year. Pablo Rodríguez for his part said that the agreement was simply “common sense” since the money was already in place for the project, and the Government would make it happen.