Third time’s still not the charm: No bids for Faro bridge project

It’s been three years since the launch of the first tender for the construction of a new bridge to Faro island, but still the search for a contractor continues.

The third draft of the tender, launched in September, has failed to attract contractors like the two before it (click here), forcing the launch of a fourth version this month.

Government agency Polis Litoral Ria Formosa and Faro council have increased the project’s price tag from €3.5 million to €4.9 million in hopes that someone will finally come forth to build the bridge.

Faro Island, known as ‘Praia da Faro’ in Portuguese, is one of the town’s most popular tourist destinations, famous for its golden, sandy beaches which extend for around 5km.

However, the current bridge has only one lane, which often leads to bottlenecks especially in the peak of summer and leads to safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists.

The new two-lane bridge will be built near the current bridge, which will be demolished once the new one is completed. It will also include two side pavements for pedestrians which will be “wide enough” for cyclists to use as well.