Pothole repairs on the TF-1 in the south will begin in February
The resurfacing of the TF-1 motorway in the South of Tenerife which will put an end to the many potholes on the carriageway will begin in mid-February, as announced by the vice president of the Cabildo and the Minister of Transport, Enrique Arriaga, yesterday.
The work will be carried out in sections at night-time between 10pm and 6am, on Sundays and Thursdays to affect traffic as little as possible. The passage of time and the volume of traffic have deteriorated the surface of the motorway, which is easy to understand when you consider that before the pandemic up to 70,000 vehicles per day used the section between Guaza and Los Cristianos, and 100,000 between Fañabé and Las Chafiras, which means this stretch of the motorway is classed as a "high capacity" road.
The condition of the road has led to criticism among users and from the construction employer, Fepeco, which has described driving on this road as a high speed "risk activity" because of the danger of potholes for vehicles and trucks. Its president, Óscar Izquierdo, has even said that "many of the accidents that occur on the island's highways are not the result of human errors, but rather of government failures."
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Enrique Arriaga underlined that the “clearly deficient” state of the road surface could pose a risk to the safety of motorists, saying “hence the urgent need to undertake this series of actions for its correction immediately”.
The insular director of Roads, Tomás Félix García, explained that the work will consist of cleaning up the existing surface by means of “removal techniques (brushing or milling), extension and compaction of one or more layers of hot asphalt with bitumen, and repainting of the road markings”. The budget for the works is 15 million euros with a time scale of 14 months for completion.