EN125 project to begin in September

As one road works project in the region is completed, another is set to begin with Paulo Campos, the assistant secretary of state for public works and communications, confirming during the inauguration of a new bypass in the Loulé area that the works to improve the EN125 across the Algarve will start in September as part of the Algarve Litoral project.

The project to update the road network that runs across the length of the Algarve had been put on hold (see the Algarve Resident edition December 10, 2009) but will now go ahead “without obstacles” at a cost of 150 million Euros.

Paulo Campos said: “Works planned for the EN125 are to begin in September. These works are important for the Algarve as the road currently has a high rate of road traffic accidents and will improve the circulation of traffic and general infrastructure of the route.”

Meanwhile, traffic flow in and around Loulé is expected to improve thanks to the new bypass, which, after more than a decade in planning and construction, was officially inaugurated on July 30. 

Paulo Campos said: “This represents part of major investment by the Portuguese government to help improve the quality of life for people in the Loulé area, ensuring more cohesion in the municipality and improved access, especially in the northern part of the region.”

He added: “The government has invested 65 million Euros in road improvements in Loulé including the building of nine roundabouts and works at the Quatro Estradas in Vilamoura.”

Loulé Mayor Seruca Emídio said: “This new bypass will contribute to reducing traffic congestion within Loulé centre and will, therefore, help to encourage further tourism in the city as well as improving general mobility and road safety.”

The Mayor also referred to the other works currently underway in the municipality, which he described as “an exceptional situation” within the Algarve region. 

These works include the ongoing improvements to the Praça da República in Loulé, works on the EN125 in Almancil and also in Quarteira.

The new bypass on the EN270 cost 7.5 million Euros, of which two million Euros were financed directly by Loulé Câmara.