Santiago de Compostela, September 4, 2022
Next week, the Xunta will begin new clearing and cleaning works on the edges of the regional roads AC-130 and AC-133, as they pass through the town hall of Ares.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Mobility is undertaking these actions as part of the contract with the public company Seaga, worth more than 2.2 million euros, for the control of biomass along the edges of the roads in property region to prevent fires and improve road safety. .
As part of these interventions, the actions already started on the roads of the province of La Coruña will also continue next week. AC-413, in Ordes, and AC-862, in Ortigueira.
Clearing and cleaning works will also continue on the regional roads of the province of Ourense, on the OU-902 road, coinciding with the municipalities of O Carballiño and O Irixo; and on the OU-801, near the town hall of Padrenda.
In addition, the works started in recent weeks will continue on the autonomous roads of the province of Pontevedra, PO-400, in the municipalities of Crecente and Arbo, and on the PO-340, in Tui.
Likewise, in the province of Lugo, clearing and cleaning work will continue on the CG-2.1 high-performance road, which passes through Monforte de Lemos 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 trees likely to fall on the roadway in the event of a storm and prevent vegetation from invading the shoulders or sidewalks, thus facilitating the passage of workers 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 promotes 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 highways.
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.