Green route’s black mark

CAMINO VERDE: The road is being used by drivers as a route into Altea.

ALTEA’S Camino Verde green route was once a Roman road and an Iberian track before that. Right now in the 21st century it is a traffic nightmare. 

Despite being a green route closed to traffic apart from the vehicles of residents and emergency vehicles it is reverting to its previous existence as a mini bypass into Altea. 

Alicia Bruce from the UK, currently staying with her Anglo-Spanish family in Cap Negret, told the Euro Weekly News that she was appalled by the traffic now using the green route.

No one respects the 20 kilometre speed limit and cars driving into Altea occupy all of the two-way lane for cyclists and pedestrians, she said. 

The Euro Weekly News phoned Altea Town Hall and the infrastructure department admitted that the Camino Verde was a problem.

Residents are complaining and the town hall is looking for a satisfactory way of closing off the route, a spokeswoman said. 

Automatic bollards are constantly damaged by careless or resentful drivers and the €4,000 cost of each bollard and the labour costs involved in replacing or repairing them is prohibitive.

But something would be done, the infrastructure department assured the Euro Weekly News and it would be done soon.

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