One of the two lanes of Avenida Maritima in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria near the University Hospital was closed this week to traffic. Storm damage last week caused structural damage to the sea wall and also hollowed out the foundations underlying the inner lane of this important access road. This damage was spotted late on Sunday, and the inner lane was quickly closed to traffic. The other two lanes remain operational, and this road closure was broadcast by the city council on its Twitter account to warn drivers approaching the city from the south on Monday morning.
This lane closure led to significant traffic delays and much frustration for drivers from the south of the island. However, technicians discovered there was serious risk from the deterioration of the road and greater than was expected on the first inspection. It is reported that the storm had hollowed out the foundations of the nearside lane by the strength of the sea. Repair work began on Sunday night and continued until the morning, when local reporters and TV crews arrived at the scene to report on this lane closure.
The Highways Department of the City Council expects that this lane closure will continue to create significant volumes of traffic and drivers will experience delays in accessing Las Palmas from the south. It is not clear when this storm damage to the sea wall and hollowing out of the foundations of the Avenida Maritima at this location will be completely repaired, and all three lanes open again. Pedestrians are also asked to keep away from this stretch of the promenade for safety reasons.
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