Covering the Ronda de Dalt before extending the Ronda del LitoralCovering the Ronda de Dalt ring road is urgent as it will connect divided neighbourhoods, cut serious air and noise pollution and regain space for use by the public. The Mayor, Ada Colau, has written to the Minister of Public Works, Íñigo de la Serna, asking for the work to take priority in the city, rather than doubling the number of traffic lanes along the Ronda del Litoral, a move announced unilaterally a few weeks ago. The first section to be covered will be ready in 2019.
Institutional coordination, dialogue and consensus between administrations has led to major agreements, one recent example being the redefinition of uses for Barcelona’s port. This consensus needs strengthening through combined action and the central government must take into account the city’s agenda in order to tackle common challenges together.
The Mayor made the demand in a letter to the Minister of Public Works, Íñigo de la Serna, calling for collaboration so that the investment announced to extend the Ronda del Litoral can be used to cover the Ronda de Dalt, a priority for the city which will affect the health and welfare of many residents.
First section to be covered: 2019
Work to cover the first section of the Ronda de Dalt, a 180-metre stretch from the Mercat de la Vall d’Hebron to Av. Jordà, resumes in March and will take ten months.
The work follows on from the first stage and includes the construction of the lateral support walls for the cover, the roofing section itself, emergency exits, the technical room and the installations inside the tunnel. The budget for the work is 10,644,281.56 euros.
The uses for the new public space created on top will be defined with a participatory process for local residents, which started in December 2017 and concludes in April. Proposals and considerations from local residents will be detailed in the draft project to define the urban make-up of the new space.