In the Chamber session on Friday afternoon, Pedro Santana Lopes informed the group that the Minister of the Environment affirmed the support of the Environmental Fund and the Commission for Coordination and Regional Development of the Centre to carry forward the project, which had been failed in July 2022.
At the end of the meeting, in a statement to journalists, the mayor said that the structure will be applied for through a different funding line, which is compatible with the Environmental Fund, hoping that the financial effort of the municipality is residual or non-existent.
The new crossing, east of Figueira da Foz, in the district of Coimbra, between the parishes of Vila Verde, on the right bank, and Alqueidão, on the left bank, there will be a lane for cars and cycling and a pedestrian road, in an investment of about five million euros.
The previous application had fallen through because the bridge included a carriage way and the amount did not "fit the available space, taking into account existing applications".
"The project that exists allows financing by the Environmental Fund, because the bridge is essentially pedestrian and contributes to the path of sustainability that is outlined," Santana Lopes said.
Eurovelo 1 is part of the European route of the Atlantic Coast, with an extension of 83 kilometers, between the south of the municipality of Figueira da Foz and the north of the municipality of Mira, crossing, by the coast, the municipality of Cantanhede and passing through places such as the Ethnographic Museum of Mira Beach, the National Forests and the lagoons there, Cape Mondego, Mondego estuary or the Monastery of Seiça, among others.
The construction of the bridge over the River Mondego, whose planned construction period was 18 months, is important for the bike path to meet the 83 kilometres with which it was proposed.