Renovation works that are still underway on the western section of the EN125 road between Lagos and Olhão are due to be completed tomorrow (January 12).
The assurance has come from Rui Sousa from concession company Rotas do Algarve Litoral.
Speaking to news website Sulinformação this week, he said that only smaller works remain to be completed, “such as signposting”.
“Everything else” – including all new roundabouts, road surfaces and pavements – is said to be finished.
But deadlines have been broken more than once, and if promises were to be believed the western section of the EN125 would have been completed before the start of last summer. Thus, it is now a case of having to see it to believe it.
Drivers that use the road often will know that the roadworks have centred mostly on the construction of new roundabouts.
There are two new roundabouts between Mexilhoeira Grande and Figueira, and another at the former junction where drivers could turn towards Alcalar. The latter was known as one of the ‘black spots’ of the EN125.
There are also new roundabouts in Lagoa near the International School, and at Vale de Lousas between Porches and Alcantarilha. Also completed is the new roundabout near Pêra.
The last weeks have also seen some roads that had already been paved being dug up again, which Rui Sousa has justified as “maintenance work”.
The most notable case was in Guia near Algarve Shopping, where works were underway to improve the area’s drainage system and prevent floods which are known to plague the area when it rains.
The works saw traffic brought to a standstill for around two weeks, reminding drivers of how bad bottlenecks could get when the bulk of the renovations were being carried out.
Sulinformação has pointed out, however, that some roundabouts still lack adequate lighting.
Sousa explained that some won’t be illuminated due to being located in rural areas.
Meantime, the president of the Algarve’s Municipalities Association (AMAL) has admitted that he does not expect the renovations on the eastern section of the EN125 between Olhão and Vila Real de Santo António to be launched before the end of 2018 – and this is a “best-case scenario”.
The renovations are in the hands of the state but no tender for the works has been launched yet and the only realistic scenario at this point is that the revamp will begin after summer, Jorge Botelho has explained.