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Carrer Guillem de Montgrí closed during construction

Obres guillem de montgri 2The Formentera Council's infrastructure and mobility offices report that a central Sant Ferran thoroughfare will be closed to vehicle traffic during upgrades in the centre of town. From Monday, January 29, motorists will be temporarily unable to circulate or park along carrer Guillem de Montgrí, a road linking the main road (also known as avinguda Joan Castelló Guasch) with the es Pujols roundabout.

The following steps are being taken to minimise inconveniences caused by the closure:

Access to the Sant Ferran school; no changes. Even with carrer Guillem de Montgrí closed, drivers can use carrers Sant Jaume and Tarragona to reach the school.

Access to carrer Major; drivers can access carrer Major from the north by way of the es Pujols roundabout.

Access to pedestrian-only streets; carrers Mallorca, Menorca and Havana can all be accessed by way of carrer Alacant, which will accommodate traffic both ways during construction.

Motorists must use the roundabout to reach southern parts of Sant Ferran and es Pujols.

To minimise the inconveniences to residents and businesses, an overflow car park was opened in early December to accommodate 70 vehicles. It can be accessed from the roundabout.

Work is expected to be completed by April 30. The initial phase of the project began Wednesday, January 10. An expanded stage will begin Monday, January 29, and additional upgrades will take place along carrer València.

La Savina lighthouse car park closed during port authority works

apacament savina redux 3The Formentera Council's infrastructure and mobility departments wish to report that the car park located next to la Savina lighthouse will be closed during the start of a project of the Balearic port authority to rebuild the the esplanade. The closure will affect both metred parking spaces as well as the lorry load-unload areas.

Crews start work this week and are expected to finish by the start of the summer season.

To minimise inconveniences, a portion of the car park will remain open over the course of work. Signage will be updated across the lot to reflect newly opened segments as the project progresses.

The Council recommends islanders heading to Eivissa to give themselves additional time in order to park in other parts of la Savina.

Transformation of la Mola lighthouse under way

Inici obres far de la molaThe infrastructure office of the Formentera Council reports that this week work will begin to restore and reshape la Mola's lighthouse as a cultural venue accessible to the public. The €796,549.64 initiative will been overseen by Tragsa.

The nine-month project will entail reforms of the lighthouse's ground floor and entrance, part of an effort to preserve the monument of local heritage and transform it into a vehicle for culture.

In addition to an interpretative centre that will cover island lighthouses such as la Mola's, the rebuilt ground floor will house a museographic collection on local maritime heritage and a multipurpose space for cultural events like exhibitions, concerts, conferences, recitals and stage productions.

The lighthouse will also feature a welcome area, toilets, storage spaces and, at its entrance, a patio for open-air events both cultural and educational in nature. Reforms are possible thanks to an easement agreement between the administration and the Balearic port authority.

Plans to instal pavements on both sides of Sant Francesc thoroughfare

Foto actual del carrer de sant joanNext week the Formentera Council's Office of Infrastructure and Mobility will oversee upgrades on carrer de Sant Joan in Sant Francesc. The work, expected to last one week, will equip the local arterial with pavements to accommodate pedestrian traffic.

Crews will instal a mounted pavement on the east side of the road, which will ultimately connect avinguda Porto-salè and carrer d'Isidor Macabich. Infrastructure and mobility secretary Rafael González says the challenge is to “improve pedestrian safety on a road that currently lacks pavements”.

The new pavement means that vehicle traffic along carrer de Sant Joan, currently a two-way street, will become exclusively north to south. Motorists can access carrer Sant Joan from avinguda Vuit d'Agost; to exit it they must use carrer d'Isidor Macabich. The flow of traffic on nearby arterials will not be affected.

The upgrades followed requests from locals and a related deal struck in a plenary assembly of the Formentera Council.

Formentera works to ensure safe access to nursery and municipal sports pitch

Foto cami segur cami vell1The Formentera Council's mobility office is overseeing a series of upgrades conceived to make Camí Vell de la Mola safer between Sant Francesc and the public buildings that house the nursery and the municipal sports pitch. The €15,000 project will be finished by November 30.

The project entails the creation of two lanes for pedestrians and cyclists, one on either side of the road, a change that mobility secretary Rafael González explained was primarily about safety. The breadth of the road —five metres— will remain unchanged, though it will be split in three: one 3-metre-wide lane for vehicle traffic and two lanes (at least 1 metre across) for people on foot or on two wheels.

Something else that remains untouched on the thoroughfare is two-way vehicle traffic, though the speed limit will drop to 30K/hour and signage will be posted to give walkers and bike riders priority. González says that under the new system, “when two vehicles cross paths, one must yield to the other, without disturbing foot or bicycle traffic,” two groups the secretary assured would always have priority.

Obtaining islanders' buy-in
The measure aims to “promote walking and cycling as an alternative to car travel” and “encourage people setting out from Sant Francesc,” —a mere 900 metres from the nursery and sports pitch, he noted— “to consider making the journey on foot, particularly since so many who visit the facilities are children for sport-related activities”. The most recent mobility study, conducted in August and October of this year, counted a high of 94 cyclists and 12 pedestrians in a three-hour period.

The upgrades are part of a pledge by the administration's senior councillors and the socialist party, PSOE, in the most recent 2017 budgets.

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