Olhão businesses suffer due to riverside roadworks

ACRAL, the Algarve retailers’ association, says it is “deeply worried” about the ongoing roadworks on Olhão’s 5 de Outubro riverside avenue.

The association explains that the entire pavement has been removed and that vehicles cannot drive or park in the area, keeping shoppers away from local businesses.

Retailers are adamant the works should have been carried out in stages.

“I don’t understand the decision to carry out all the works at the same time,” says ACRAL president Álvaro Viegas. Making matters worse is the fact that the works have been “halted for weeks”.

According to Correio da Manhã tabloid, the delays have been caused by the discovery of an illegal sewage system and a lack of building materials and human resources.

The works – led by Sociedade Polis Litoral Ria Formosa – started in October last year and are expected to be completed in April.

But Viegas wants the council to convince Polis to speed up the works as local retailers are worried that their business will suffer even more as time goes on.

Olhão mayor António Pina says he is following the situation closely and guarantees the works will be completed by the set deadline as other parts of the project are being sped up to make up for the delays.