Ibiza News: Still no solution for flooded underpasses

September 2nd, 2008 - 2:01 pm Posted in ibiza news | Comments (0)

A year after the serious flooding of underpasses on the new motorways, the Balearic Islands Ministry for Construction is still searching for a solution to the problem. The ministry, under the direction of Jaume Carbonero (Social Democrats, PSOE), had charged a construction company to design a drainage system after the events of last autumn. However, no less than 13 public authorities, including the Sant Josep and Eivissa municipalities, as well as the Spanish Costal Authority, having received the plans from the Apia XXI Company, must sign off on the project.

Currently there is no consensus in sight, and thus no scheduled date to begin with construction to solve the problem. Twelve of the authorities rejected the concept from Apia XXI. Problems with the plan include the construction of two underground pipes that would divert the water into the sea at the holiday beach of Platja d’en Bossa and near to the sa Sal Rossa defensive tower.

ibiza underpassOther technical details were also called into question, for example there were no specifics given about the maintenance of the 1,685 and 575 metre long concrete pipes. There was nothing else for Minister for Construction Carbonero to do but to admit a certain helplessness during his visit to Ibiza in mid-September. He explained, “This is in fact a complicated problem that we’ve inherited from the previous government.” Not to mention an expensive one. “We are expecting total costs to run to between 3–5 million euros.”

The general director of the ministry, Antoni Armengol, was cautiously optimistic about the possibility of building a collecting tank for the water at the edge of the Ses Salines natural preserve. This would require a tank of approximately 30,000 square metres, about the size of three football pitches.

After heavy rains drivers will have to take detours around these underpasses, at least in the immediate future. Minister Carbonero said, “We’ve worked out an emergency protocol that arranges for the timely closure of at-risk sectors and the rerouting of traffic.” In the meantime, the Apia XXI construction company have been asked to improve their design.

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