by Staff Reporter
Picture: T Ayuga
THE city council will have built 5'700 parking places around the Avenidas, the main thoroughfare in Palma, during the current legislature, and the second stage of the underground car park in the Via Roma will be opened at the end of October.

This was announced yesterday by Alvaro Gijon, the councillor in charge of traffic and transport, speaking during a visit to the Via Roma site.
He said that this second stage of the car park, which will cost more than 8.3 million euros, is running nearly two months behind schedule, as it became necessary to reinforce the foundations under the Plaza del Tubo.

Once the structure of the car park is finished, it will be made impermeable and the 274 parking spaces will be ready by the end of October.
The Plaza del Tubo itself will be remodelled, as a continuation of the Via Roma, and it will have trees and benches. The sculpture which gives the square its name, and which has been removed while work is in progress, will be put back in the square.

The councillor said that the square will serve as an access to the Falca Verde or green belt which is being constructed and which will eventually stretch from Sa Faixina to Camino de Jesus.

The two stages of the Via Roma car park will provide 750 places, with accesses from Calle Llorenç Cerda and the Avenidas.
Accesses for pedestrians are in Avenida de Portugal and Calle Llorenç Cerdá, where there will be a lift.
Between 230 and 240 of the parking places in the Via Roma car park will be offered to neighbours at a cost of 30'000 euros, with the right to use them for a period of 50 years.

The 5'700 parking places which the council plans to build around the Avenidas will be in Pau Casals, S'Indioteria, and the Son Castello industrial estate.

Gijon said that the council has also started work on a 340-place carpark opposite the psychiatric hospital and said that the parking facilities in Calle Manacor would be finished by the end of October.

The councillor added that the construction of the car park in Marqués de la Cenia will take 18 months, and that in Antonio Maura will take two years.
Archaeologists are currently working at the Antonio Maura site, to ensure that no part of the heritage is destroyed during the work.

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