Why Plaza de Madrid Work?

As we announced in yesterday's articles, they have begun digging up Plaza de Madrid, removing the cobblestone surface.

ALM Ripping up Plaza de Madrid SP22 400 x 250Almuñecar readers and residents might recall that the Town Hall laid part of this cobblestone surface for the Avenida de Andalucia in May, 2018, costing 275,000 euros. Plaza Madrid received its cobblestones in 2017.

The reason for the roadworks is because constant traffic had caused the surface to sink, which was the case in 2017 with the Paseo del Altillo lane and which had to be dug up and sorted, too.

But you might think that there was work on the Plaza de Madrid more recently and you would be right; last July when emergency work was carried out in the middle of summer to sort out the sinking stones, pressed down by the passage of lorries and municipal buses.

Anyway, having removed the cobblestones they are going to break up the concrete underneath and check the underground infrastructure; mains water, drains, telephone and electricity pipework

When they finish, are they going to lay the cobblestones again? No, they’re going to lay coloured cement, the same colour as the old surface and impresses a pattern on it to resemble a cobblestone surface. All this will take three or four weeks.

When the Town Hall under the previous Mayor (the same party as the present one) decided to change simple tarmac for cobblestones, she said that although they were more expensive than just renewing a simple layer of tarmac… it would last longer.

The fact is that the whole of Avenida de Andalucia, from its beginning in La Carrera, all the way down through Plaza de Madrid, up to the Paseo del Altillo and right along its length was changed to cobblestones.

Within months of the cobblestones being laid, the passage of buses began to sink trenches into the surface and it has been a long series of roadwork operations to repair it. The decision to use this kind of road surface has been anything but cheaper. Now we have concrete, dyed the colour of the replaced cobblestones and given a pattern to resemble them.

Anyway, somebody made a lot of money selling cobblestones to the Town Hall…

Work on Almuñécar’s Plaza de Madrid Begins

C/Alcalde Julio Fajardo Work

Delays to Av. de Andalucia Work in Almuñécar

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

  3 comments for “Why Plaza de Madrid Work?

  1. Patrick Barry Storey
    September 27, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Money for old rope. Someone’s doing very nicely out of this. The cobbles. Could they go towards a sea wall.??

  2. Fred Davies
    September 20, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Cobblers, had the substrate had been properly sorted the cobbles would not have sunk…. Lots of European cities have cobbled streets eg Prague and they have coped v well with high volumes of traffic , including buses, and are attractive and for sensible folk i.e. not taxi drivers drive more dlowly on them. What a waste…. lets hope they don’t dump the cobbles in the river bed

  3. Roberto
    September 20, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Just to add we had an appointment near there yesterday and parked the scooter near the CaixaBank when we came back they were spray painting the bank. All the scooters including ours were covered in plastic and weighted down with painters blankets. One of the painters carefully uncovered our bike and we were good to go.

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