April 1, 2015
The government of Ibiza and Formentera Council have approved proposals to construct a bridge between the islands of Ibiza and Formentera.
In a bid to meet increased tourism demands on both islands as well as ease traffic congestion on Formentera, representatives from both administrations yesterday announced that plans to build a bridge between the two islands had been given the green light. The estimated budget for the project is 1 billion euros, the highest expenditure on public works in the Balearic Islands since the Menorca – Mallorca tunnel in 2003.
Work is expected to commence on the bridge in August 2016 which will include terminals at the southern tip of Salinas and Es Pujols as well as a service station on Isla de Espalmador. A spokesman for Formentera Council refused to confirm whether rumours of a drive-in disco on Espalmador were founded in fact, although he did confirm that a cocktail and sushi bar had been discussed along with a controversial VIP lane for vehicles worth more than 30,000 euros.
Architect, Cristobal Renderos, revealed his inspiration behind the project: “If you think of all the great party destinations in the world through history, London, Berlin, New York, San Francisco, they all have bridges. If Ibiza wants to compete on a global level and continue to attract tourists in this sector then it’s vital that we have a bridge.”
Renderos refused to be drawn on a name for the bridge, but sources close to the government say The Frankie Knuckles Memorial Bridge, PuenteLoco and F*** Me I’m A Bridge were all possibilities.
Construction is due to be completed in January 2017.
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