Navantia reviews the contract to re-tender the works planned in Puente de Hierro and its surroundings in order to improve the only access that exists to the island factory and the Arsenal de La Carraca since the first attempt to undertake this action has ended in a withdrawal from the contract, as advanced by this medium.
The idea is to re-tender the contract in the shortest possible time, ideally at the end of this month, to be able to carry out the planned intervention in its entirety throughout 2021 and, in this way, avoid delays in action. These days the specifications and the budget for the works are being reviewed with the idea of processing the contract with agility, aware of the shortcomings that access to the island factory drags and that now – with the increase in the load of corvettes work for Arabia, his biggest contract in history, has been increased.
In fact, the planned action, although it is an old demand from La Isla that has been insisted on for years, has not been promoted so far thanks to the push that the corvettes contract for the Royal Saudi Navy has implied. the complementary actions that are included in the program, such as the adaptation of various facilities in the La Carraca Arsenal -among them the old Cuatro Torres prison- to house the Saudi military who will be trained in the handling of corvettes.
The works were initially divided into two phases to be carried out more easily; but this technical approach is that the one that has been discarded and has led to the first works, tendered for 1.2 million euros in the past month of August, they ended in a contract withdrawal.
Instead, the work will now be executed in its entirety, without separating the performance into two phases. So in a matter of deadlines it is considered that there will be no delays since the time that it is now taking to review the contract and re-tender the works is what would have been needed in any case to process the second phase of the intervention in Puente de Hierro and, ultimately, to carry it out .
The works, initially, had been tendered for 1.2 million and a completion period of 8 months. This first phase included three fundamental actions: the construction of a new structure for road traffic parallel to the current Iron Bridge and the old railway bridge over the Sancti Petri channel; the construction, on both sides of the pipe, of the expansion and adaptation of the roads that will give continuity to it; and the connection and adaptation of a new bike lane.
This action excluded the execution of the deck of the new bridge, which would be assumed in the second phase of the works and which will now also be included in the new contract.
The problems that La Carraca-Navantia drags and, in general, the entire area bordering the naval population of San Carlos through the Gran Poder bridge have been one of the main deficiencies in terms of traffic that La Isla presents for decades and that the increased activity of the island shipyard has once again put on the table. The Navy has also been especially aware of the need to take action on the matter and even considered different options in this regard in its master plan for the San Carlos area.
The proposals have ranged from the link with the Tres Caminos industrial estate -which has been claimed for two decades- to the possibility of making use of the service lane that runs parallel to the Cádiz-Seville railway line to reach the Jarana neighborhood, in Puerto Real, to join the A-4.