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Mayor outraged by long-stalled roundabout

Lagoa mayor Francisco Martins has criticised the long-stalled construction of a roundabout on the EN125 road near the town’s bus station.

The work has been on hold since the end of March, and so far no explanation has been given.

“From one moment to the next, the workers were all gone,” Martins told national tabloid Correio da Manhã.

Besides the dangers that an incomplete roundabout represent for traffic, the mayor says it ultimately makes the town look bad.

“The situation is serious and worrying,” he said, adding that a truck and a number of construction materials have been abandoned right in the middle of the makeshift roundabout.

Martins has unsuccessfully tried to obtain an answer from infrastructure authority Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) but says he is not giving up.

“It is now impossible to complete the work before summer,” he said, adding that he will now push for IP to clear out what has been left behind and resume the work in October.

“We’re expecting nearly five million visitors this summe, but those in charge in Lisbon have again shown their lack of concern for Algarve issues,” the mayor said.

The construction of the roundabout is part of a larger plan by IP for Lagoa. Three others are expected to be built, two to replace traffic lights at Fatacil and the International School of the Algarve, and the other to be built near Porches’ MOT centre.