Project for new Douro bridge

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 23-12-2019 16:21:00 · 0 Comments

The Mayor of Porto revealed that together with Gaia, he had asked the Court of Auditors (TdC) about the possibility of launching a single turnkey bidding contract for the design and construction of the new bridge over the Douro.

Otherwise, added the mayor, the municipality runs the risk of the jury choosing a "very beautiful” architectural project, but then with the launch of a second tender for its construction, costs "suddenly overshoot", as happened with the Bolhão Market where work has been delayed until June 2020 and costs have overshot by €600,000.

Announced in April 2018, the new crossing over the Douro, whose completion was scheduled for 2022, has not yet advanced on the ground and, admit the municipalities of Porto and Gaia, will not be completed by that date.

When it was announced in April 2018, the new crossing had an estimated cost of 12 million euros, fully assumed by the municipalities of Porto and Gaia, in equal parts.

In the formal announcement, on April 12th, the municipalities revealed that the seventh crossing over the Douro would be built at a low elevation, over a length of 250 metres, with a road connection, a pedestrian crossing and a cycle path.

At the time, the mayors advanced that two public tenders would be necessary, one for the design to be launched that year (2018) and a second international one for the construction of the bridge that will link Campanhã (Porto) and Areinho de Oliveira do Douro (Gaia).

In October, in response to Lusa, Porto City Hall stated that the relocation and resizing of the new bridge was being studied, following the "obstacles" placed by the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) regarding the initial location.

In November, Mayor Rui Moreira clarified that the new bridge will cost 26.5 million euros, and include construction of the bridge and respective accesses.


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