PM confirms EN125 work

PORTUGUESE PRIME Minister José Sócrates is to visit the Algarve later this month to announce the public tender for the repair and upgrade of the EN125, the 153-kilometre regional road connecting Vila Real de Santo António to Vila do Bispo.

Mr Sócrates’ announcement was made during his bi-weekly speech in the Parliament, when he also revealed that the works are to be carried out in one phase.

The prime minister assured MPs that upgrade of the EN125 is not going to be used as argument to create toll booths on A22.

According to Mr Sócrates, the government’s criteria to implement booths on Portuguese motorways is based on a region’s wealth and also if there is an alternative road to the highway.

João Faria, president of Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Algarve (CCDR-Algarve), the region’s development commission, said that the priority for the EN125 work will be the turn-offs to Lagos, Troto/ São Lourenço (in Almancil), Faro and Olhão.

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