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MPs question government over delayed Guadiana Bridge renovations

Algarve MPs for PSD José Carlos Barros and Cristóvão Norte have questioned the government about the renovations planned for the Guadiana Bridge which were supposed to begin last year but are “continuously and unacceptably delayed”.

The €13 million project was initially announced in 2015. National infrastructure authority Infraestruturas de Portugal later said the works would begin in the third quarter of 2016, but so far they remain on the drawing board.

Barros says the delays are unacceptable, particularly when “issues of security are at stake”.

In February last year, one of the bridge’s suspension cables broke and remained dangling from the structure for months, with local mayors calling it proof of the bridge’s poor conditions.

The MPs add that this case resembles others throughout the Algarve, accusing the government of promoting a “worrying pattern” involving a “lack of public investments or improvement of regional infrastructures”.

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