Repair of Arenal promenade will begin next week

Work will begin to repair the southern end of the promenade left damaged after Storm Gloria.

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2020-09-01 MS | The arrival of September will see several public works begin across Xàbia, not least the long-awaited repair of the structural damage caused by Storm Gloria to the southern end of the Paseo del Tenista David Ferrer in the Arenal beach zone.

Work is expected to begin on Monday 7th September when the affected area will be prepared and the necessary security measured put into place to ensure a safe separation between the machinery being used in the repair work and bathing on the beach.

The project, which is being carried out by Victor Tormo S.L., has a budget of 165,879,35 euros and an execution period of one month. The area affected by the work is the southern most part of the Arenal promenade where a safety fence will be installed either side of the area of the repair work, both on the sand as well as the promenade itself.

It was this potential impact on the aesthetic look of the Arenal area at a time when a high number of visitors were expected to visit the area that led to the Council to postpone these structural repair works until after the high season had come to a conclusion.

The work will include the repair of a section of the masonry wall that suffered heavy damage, the replacement of protective railings and the relocation of the pieces of bench.

This project will complete the repairs carried out by the Council of the most serious damage caused by Storm Gloria on the coastal strip back in January, from Cala Blanca to the Port zone. Such work has been carried out on the Paseo de la Cala Blanca, Marítimo de la Grava and Paseo Marina Española.

In these three cases, the Council was able to take on the repair work with its own staff or by tendering for minor contracts for rapid attention. However, the state of the damage in the Arenal produced an estimate repair cost of around 200,000 euros which forced the Council to tender the work, including the drafting of the project. The public tender process for the actual work was then paralyzed for more than two months by the state’s declaration of the State of Alarm which delayed all the processing procedures until the summer.

Source: Press Release – The Office of the Mayor