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Crumbling roadside hills alarm road user

By PAULO SILVESTRE [email protected]

Entering the village of Tunes from the IC1 road has become a hazardous affair due to rocks crumbling from hills along the route.

This affects people in cars or on foot claims a resident, who asked not to be named.

“The rocks fall mainly during the winter because of the rain, which is causing severe erosion on these hills. I have lived in Tunes for a long time and the situation has never been resolved. 

“Every winter small and large rocks fall from these hills, which are about 10 metres high.”

He added: “Last winter I was driving home and there was a huge stone in the road, which I had to avoid by swerving the car. Imagine if that rock had fallen when I was passing the spot. It could have hurt me and damaged my car.”

The President of Junta de Freguesia de Tunes, José Cebola, told the Algarve Resident: “This situation is not our responsibility. However, if a resident reports a case like this, our normal procedure is to verify it and advise the responsible authorities about the situation. This road is under the jurisdiction of Portugal’s national road company, Estradas de Portugal (EP).”

The Algarve Resident contacted Silves Câmara and a spokesman confirmed that, in these cases, if the Câmara receives any complaints, the facts are verified and forwarded to EP.

“The normal procedure is for EP to go to the site and remove the rocks that fall every year from these hills. They know about the situation but don’t do anything further than that.”

The resident who contacted us also suggested that to solve the situation, EP should place nets to catch any rocks that fall – or even use cement to cover the affected areas.

A spokesman from EP told the Algarve Resident: “We have a service on our website called Estrada Livre where road users can present their complaints and suggestions. Anyone who detects any anomalies in road infrastructures just has to fill out the form and submit it to us. 

“It is also possible to attach photographs with the complaint and suggestions so that we can easily solve the problems.”

EP Delegation Director in the Algarve, Luís Pinelo, assured the Algarve Resident that technicians are going to analyse this problem and an answer will be given very soon.

If you have a complaint or suggestions about roads under the jurisdiction by EP, please visit www.estradas.pt/estradalivre (only available in Portuguese).

Do you know of similar cases in other parts of the Algarve? Email us a photograph and a brief report of the problem. Email [email protected]
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