The company that manages the Portuguese road network stressed that the investment will be made under the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) and will prevent traffic traveling on the EN125, between Faro and Vila Real de Santo António, from having to cross the city of Olhão.

“With a planned investment of 20 million euros, this intervention is the twentieth project launched within the scope of the PRR – Recovery and Resilience Plan – Enhancement of Business Areas, co-financed by the European Union”, IP noted in a statement.

The same source added that the work “consists of the construction of a road bypass to the EN125 in Olhão and aims to improve circulation conditions when crossing the city, through the diversion of passing traffic, and safety, mitigating the risk of accident, namely being run over”.

The work will also make a “relevant contribution to reducing road accidents” that occur on National Road 125, highlighted IP, referring to a road that is considered one of the most dangerous in the country, according to road accident records.

The bypass will be around six kilometres long, with one lane in each direction and seven roundabouts to “connect to the local road network”, said the company.

“The road will start at kilometre 111,600 of the EN125, west of Olhão, and will end at the existing roundabout east of Olhão, which connects the EN125 and the EN398”, added the company.

IP specified that the route, which will surround the city from the north, will be built “in the vicinity of the towns of Torrejão, Bela Mandil, João de Ourém, Arrochela, Quinta do Calhau, Quinta do Major, Ponte de Quelfes (Olhão cemetery) and Piares”.