Benalmadena´s roundabout reprieve

Roundabout reprieve
World´s smallest roundabout Picture Credit: Flicker

BENALMADENA’S Council has agreed to modify the Avenida Antonio Machado roundabout following a series of accidents.

Residents had claimed the roundabout, which has been partially fenced-off, should be demolished, but it will now be narrowed instead after one motorist was hospitalised with a leg injury caused by a crash at the site.

The council voted unanimously to keep the roundabout and simply changing its layout after it emerged demolishing it would mean returning funding for the project to the Provincial Council.  Oscar Ramundo, Councillor for Urban Planning, said the site “has not been put to use because it suffers from some design flaws that were noticed once the work was finished,” confirming it will be modified, “to avoid having to return the subsidy granted by the Provincial Council for its construction”.

The news come after Councillor Beatriz Olmedo wounded a motorist after making an illegal manoeuvre on the roundabout, changing lane from one heading towards Fuengirola to one to Torremolinos.

Political party, Cuidadanos, demanded the roundabout be demolished following several accidents, however the party do not have representation in the council anymore after three of their councillors were expelled, leaving the governing parties free to push through the vote to modify the site unanimously.

Initial plans included restricting cars and taxis at the entrance to the roundabout, however this was discounted after councillors decided the area running from the Sunset Beach hotel to Torremolinos was so busy the move would cause large jams.

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