The Xunta will begin new clearing and cleaning work next week on the edges of the regional roads it owns. The cleaning works will benefit the municipalities of Ordes, Cabana, Allariz, A Merca, A Bola, Salceda de Caselas, Crecente, Arbo, As Neves and Salvaterra do Miño.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Mobility has recently resumed these works on the roads of the Xunta, after having renewed, for more than 2.2 million euros with the public company Seaga, the contract to undertake tasks of control of biomass on the banks of roads belonging to the region to prevent fires and improve road safety.
Over the next week, clearing and cleaning work will begin on the banks of the AC-413 road, passing the town hall of Ordes, as well as on the AC-430, in Cabana.
In Ourense, work will also be carried out on the O-300, in Allariz, A Merca and A Bola; and in Pontevedra, work has started on PO-510, in the municipality of Salceda de Caselas, and on PO-400, which crosses Crecente, Arbo, As Neves and Salvaterra do Miño.
In the same way, clearing and cleaning works will continue on the banks of the AC-842 road, as it passes through the town hall of Ortigueira in A Coruña; and also on the N-120, near Alto del Faro, in Monforte and O Saviñao.
These cleaning actions contribute to the prevention of fires by eliminating pyrophilic species such as pine, eucalyptus or acacia on the edges of the roads. It should be remembered that Law 3/2007, of April 9, on the prevention and defense against forest fires in Galicia includes the objective of breaking the horizontal and vertical continuity of the biomass, so that the roads act with firewall effect.
On the other hand, these interventions promote vegetation control, which also improves road safety. The planned work will make it possible to remove the trees likely to fall on the roadway in the event of a storm and will prevent vegetation from invading the shoulders or sidewalks, thus facilitating the circulation of pedestrians and cyclists. They also increase the visibility of road users and have the effect of keeping animals, such as wild boars or deer, away from the roads.
The new transfer to Seaga is valid for twelve months and encourages the clearing and clearing of the public domain of regional roads. In addition, it also represents support for the conservation of green spaces in pedestrian routes and roundabouts.
These new conservation actions on the roads belonging to the Xunta will allow, in this new mission, the mechanical clearing of more than 2,600 linear kilometers and will act manually on an area of more than 188,500 square meters.
In addition, more than 5,600 trees located in the public domain of roads, likely to cause fires or present a risk of falling on the roadway, will be felled. Repairs will also be carried out on 22,500 linear meters of fences on the peripheral embankments of the motorways.
As a novelty in the 2022 decree, it is planned to replace 7,500 meters of fences on high-capacity roads that could be damaged during clearing or clearing works. The replacement will be made with reinforced fencing to increase the protection of the road against the entry of animals.
The department headed by Ethel Vázquez has intensified in recent years fire prevention actions along regional roads, adding to the means of their common conservation reinforcement with orders from the public company Seaga.
With this new order, since 2018, 8.3 million euros have been invested in actions to control biomass along regional roads.