It is hard to imagine when you walk through the area at the start of September, but the remodeling of the Puerta del Sol in Madrid continues at a good pace and by Christmas the work on the central part of the square will have been completed, so everything will be ready for the traditional chimes with which to say goodbye to the year from kilometer 0.
As the digital 20minutes has advanced, and sources from the Works and Equipment area have confirmed, all the underground installations of the new lighting system are already in place, as well as the connections for the new sheet of water in which the statue of Carlos III will be installed. .
Currently, work is being done on four fronts, starting with the paving of Arenal Street and the placement of retractable bollards that will allow access to the square to be controlled electronically.
Another front is that of Carmen Street and the intersection with Tetuán Street, where the paving works are "very advanced", which are carried out in phases so as not to collapse mobility and access to shops in the area.
The third front is that of the square itself, whose paving is also "very advanced", and, finally, work is being done on Carrera de San Jerónimo street.
According to sources from the area led by Paloma García Romero, by Christmas the work on the square will have been completed (except for the entrance to Cercanías, known as the whale, which will be delayed until 2023), so "we can eat the grapes on New Year's Eve" .
At the end of September and throughout October, the granite benches will be placed in the north arch of the square, and, later, the sculptures of the Mariblanca and the Bear and the Strawberry Tree will be placed at their ends. .
At the same time, the designs of the new kiosks are being developed for their manufacture. The works will slow down in the Christmas period so as not to affect visitors and merchants.
After Kings, therefore, work will begin on Victoria, Espoz y Mina and Alcalá streets, completing the planned action of pedestrianization of the entire area around the square.
The remodeling involves a municipal investment of 10.7 million euros, and will be completed in the spring of 2023.