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New Airport to Pozo Negro Road
The long awaited plan for the new road between the airport and Pozo Negro, which will form part of the dual carriageway between Corralejo and Morro Jable has today been approved by the Canarian Government.

I can't imagine that they'll start it before the Caldereta to the aiport section is finished (which will probably take years). I don't think I'll see the airport to Pozo Negro section finished in my lifetime.

When I first saw the plan of the route it went to the west of El Matorral, behind Montaña Blanca in Caleta de Fuste and joined the existing road near Los Alares.

A translation:
The president of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, Blas Acosta, valued as “great news” the unblocking of the work for the Puerto del Rosario-Morro Jable highway in the section of the airport to the crossing of Pozo Negro, started by the Ministry of Public Works of the Canary Islands Government, an action "for which Fuerteventura has been waiting for more than fifteen years," he declared.
The Canary Islands Official Gazette on Friday, May 8, includes the approval of the project update, which is submitted for thirty days, together with the environmental impact study, to the process of public information and consultation of the affected administrations and interested persons.
However, based on Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, by which the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19 was declared in Spain, this 30-day period it will not begin to be computed until the Government of Spain has terminated the state of alarm or, where appropriate, its extensions.
This is a "long-awaited" action for the island of Fuerteventura, declared the island president, a claim that "has finally found sensitivity towards the island that has so often lacked in the past in the Canary Islands Government" and with which “substantially improves the north-south connection axis” by road, an “evident need that until now had not been resolved,” Acosta reported.
Copies in digital format of the project and its corresponding environmental impact study will be available in Fuerteventura for study and allegations at the Cabildo Insular, the City Council of Puerto de Rosario and the City Council of Antigua.
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(08-05-2020, 06:54 PM)Captain Sensible Wrote: I can't imagine that they'll start it before the Caldereta to the aiport section is finished (which will probably take years). I don't think I'll see the airport to Pozo Negro section finished in my lifetime.
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Is this proposed road really needed?
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(09-05-2020, 04:14 PM)Emmi Smith Wrote: Is this proposed road really needed?

I think it'll help to get most of the traffic out of Caleta.

...talking about, I believe the motorway will go behind the mountain(??).
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(09-05-2020, 04:14 PM)Emmi Smith Wrote: Is this proposed road really needed?

Yes, have you seen the build up of traffic in the Caleta area in the last few years?
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One of the most complicated sections of the axis that aims to connect via a Corralejo highway with Morro Jable is the one that runs between the airport and Pozo Negro. The project, which would involve diverting rapid traffic inland from before El Matorral, is in the environmental assessment procedure.

Actually, it is not the first time that it has been processed. The idea of this section of motorway was already included in the agreement between the State and the autonomous community that was signed in April 1994. In 2006 the project went to public consultation and did not pass the phase of the environmental impact statement. It was then argued that the necessary alternatives were not put on the table.

Five different layout options have now been considered. It is assumed that splitting the current FV-2 highway, "due to urban considerations, not only current but future" is "impracticable" and would represent "a territorial barrier for the entire tourist area of El Castillo", the third on the Island in accommodation capacity. The variant chosen by the project's drafting team would involve building a highway, parallel to the current highway but inland, beyond the Lieutenant Colonel Valenzuela, El Matorral and El Castillo quarters.

It would imply building a 18,117-meter motorway, which would mean a decrease of 2,417 meters over the route of the FV-2. The current highway would remain as a route for traffic that would effectively target the towns in the area and passing vehicles would be eliminated.

Four links are contemplated: the airport, another in El Castillo, one more in the place known as the Llanos de Cancela, at the height of Las Salinas, to turn west and take advantage of the layout of the current FV-2, which it would unfold, until it reached the Pozo Negro junction, where the Antigua link would be located.
The project is valued at 124 million euros, which with expenses, business benefits and taxes would raise the tender budget to 161.7 million. The execution period would be five years. The new highway, according to the drafting team, is the option "most advantageous both from a territorial and environmental point of view, with very high functionality" and "at an affordable cost".

The editors point out that the topography of the strip in which the corridor develops can be considered “undulating”, except for the section between the throat of Montaña Blanca and the Corrales de la Torre, with a “rugged” relief. The project includes a 1,250 meter “false tunnel”.

Birds in danger

One of the environmental difficulties of the highway is that it runs through the Special Protection Area for Birds called Los Llanos y Cuchillos de Antigua. It is estimated that the route would go into the bird protection zone in about 9.8 kilometres and that the "direct impact" would amount to 115 hectares, 1.1 percent of its total area.

The environmental study recognizes the existence of birds "of high ornithological interest" and highlights "a large number of sightings, nesting areas and primary and secondary habitats" for birds in danger of extinction such as the Canary Island hubara. Another endangered bird present in the area is the guirre.
"It is foreseeable that the project," he explains, "may induce significant repercussions on the conservation objectives" of the bird protection zone "in the event that corrective measures and solutions are not adopted that minimize or compensate for these effects," the study indicates. of environmental assessment.
In this sense, the creation of an environmental observatory of steppe birds is proposed, with surveillance and monitoring of the species and habitat of interest in the environment of the road. Although it is foreseen for the works phase, "if deemed necessary" its activity would be extended "in the early stages of the operational phase" of the highway, already open to traffic.
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