EN125 renovations stalled yet again as court rejects contract

Drivers will have to continue dealing with the “miserable” state of the EN125 road section between Olhão and Vila Real de Santo António after the Court of Auditors rejected a request to revise the public-private partnership contract between the government and the concession company Rotas do Algarve Litoral.

The roadworks have been in the pipeline for years but have been delayed by an array of bureaucratic issues.

Mayors in the eastern Algarve are now calling on the government to take over the work and complete it.

“The Court of Auditors defends the public treasury and it did not approve this public-private partnership in which a concession company wants all the rights and none of the duties,” recently re-elected Castro Marim mayor, Francisco Amaral, told Correio da Manhã tabloid.

“The road is in a miserable state,” he warns, adding that there is a lack of roundabouts to make the eastern section of the EN125 safer.

Tavira mayor Jorge Botelho, who is also president of the Algarve municipalities association (AMAL), says he has already requested a meeting with the government to discuss the next steps.

“I am yet to receive feedback. Only at this meeting will we know what the government’s plans are,” he told regional news website Sulinformação.

As the situation stands, the roadworks can only be carried out by Rotas do Algarve Litoral, the concession company which has already revealed it has no plans of actually moving forward with them.

The alternative is terminating the concession contract and having Portugal’s infrastructure authority – Infraestruturas de Portugal – take over the works.

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