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Crumbling roadside hills ‘will be solved’

The entrance to the village of Tunes from the IC1 road, which has become a hazardous affair due to rocks crumbling from hills along the route, “will soon have works to solve the problem”, assured a spokesman from Estradas de Portugal (EP), the national roads authority.

A resident, who asked not to be named, contacted the Algarve Resident regarding the situation, which we reported on in the December 3, 2010 edition.

“This affects people in cars or on foot. 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,” he said.

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

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.”

Meanwhile, the resident has sent a complaint to EP, reporting the situation.

He received a reply which said: “With regard to your complaint and in response to the request after examining the site, we assure that we have already scheduled works for the excavation of the hills to reduce the risk of crumbling rocks. The works will be carried out as soon as possible.”

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