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The ministry of streets in Alicante has this week granted permission for Orihuela town hall to carry out their proposed redesign of access and egress at the La Zenia roundabout on the N-332.

The work cannot begin immediately however, as the municipal council are still waiting to see if the provincial government will give the money for the project, as part of a subsidy presented by the former mayor of Orihuela, and serving member of the provincial government, Mónica Lorente. If the Alicante government withdraw their offer, the municipal council will still find the money to pay for the work, although that will result in further delays.

The two smaller roads from the roundabout will form part of a new one-way system, with vehicles only able to exit the roundabout onto the small road that runs alongside the taxi rank, in from of the Fresco restaurant. The road behind the Consum supermarket car park will be converted into a two-way street, allowing access into the supermarket and nearby businesses from the new mini roundabout which has been undergoing testing through the summer.

On the other side, the road alongside the building which houses Alejandro´s Restaurant will become one-way only allowing vehicles access onto the roundabout, with residents and visitors to the adjacent blocks and garages having to drive around the block via the same new mini roundabout on the road towards Villamartin.

No actual estimate on when the work will be completed can be given until the finances have been sorted, but the permission from the road ministry is likely to be valid for up to a year.

Meanwhile, access work around the Orihuela Costa town hall is nearing completion, with the rear, emergency exit now accessible to wheelchairs and those with mobility issues for the first time. The pavement ramps have also been lowered and the new pathways of zebra crossing on both side of the N-332 mapped out ready for painting. The work still outstanding is the removal of a corner of the car park donated by Mercadona to ease pedestrian flow, and the installation of new bike parking frames.

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