Bypass is considered essential to divert traffic out of Olhão and reduce accidents
The public tender for the construction of the bypass to Algarve’s 125 National Road (EN125) in Olhão was launched on Monday.
The announcement was made by Portugal’s infrastructure authority Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP), which said that the €20 million investment will be carried out as part of Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR).
The goal of the new road is to channel traffic out of Olhão, where bottlenecks are a daily occurrence due to the EN125 crossing right through the heart of the town.
In IP’s own words, the project “consists of building a road bypass to the EN125 in Olhão and aims to improve traffic conditions in the town, diverting traffic, enhancing safety, and mitigating the risk of accidents, including pedestrian accidents.”
Reducing the number of accidents is highlighted as one of the main goals, as traffic accident records show that the EN125 remains “one of the most dangerous in the country”.
The bypass will be approximately six kilometres long, with one lane in each direction and seven roundabouts to “connect to the local road network,” IP said.
“The road will start at kilometre 111.600 of the EN125, to the west of Olhão, and will end at the existing roundabout to the east of Olhão, connecting between the EN125 and the EN398,” it added.
IP clarified that the new road, which will bypass the town to the north, will be built “in the vicinity of the localities of Torrejão, Bela Mandil, João de Ourém, Arrochela, Quinta do Calhau, Quinta do Major, Ponte de Quelfes (Olhão cemetery), and Piares.
“Around €300 million euros of PRR works are already completed, in progress, or in the contracting phase,” the infrastructure authority stated.
The works funded by the PRR aim to “build missing road connections, increase the capacity of the network, strengthen cross-border road connections, and improve road accessibility to ‘Áreas de Recepção Comercial’ (Business Reception Areas),” IP added.