Easing traffic congestion

Compiled by: ELOISE WALTON

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LOULÉ CÂMARA is proposing to construct a dual carriageway to link the city to Faro in order to ease traffic congestion along the EN125. The project is estimated to cost eight million euros and includes plans to widen parts of the EN125.

The project, which was presented during a public ceremony to commemorate Loulé’s 20th anniversary as a city on February 1 at the Cine-Teatro Louletano, will help to link the town to the Algarve stadium, the public health laboratory and future constructions.

A first phase will see the widening and modernisation of the road between the turn-off to Almancil and the crossroads to Santa Bárbara de Nexe.

The plan to modernise the road includes the addition of lighting, public footpaths and parking in the Goncinha area.

This first phase will be put to national public tender in March, with work expected to start in September or October this year.

The construction of a new alternative road will be included in a second phase of building and will be linked to the existing road by roundabouts near the Centro Hípico de Loulé, the Loulé horse riding centre, and the crossroads to Santa Bárbara de Nexe.

The Vice-President of Loulé Câmara, José Graça said: “The process is not entirely in our hands because an environmental impact study for the new road is required, but we estimate it will be ready by 2010, before the future Hospital Central do Algarve, the Algarve’s new central hospital is finished”.

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