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Posted by portugalpress on May 18, 2017

Roadworks on the EN125 between Vila do Bispo and Olhão will be completed by June 30 – in other words, before the height of the summer season.

So says national infrastructure authority Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) in a statement sent to newsrooms yesterday (Wednesday May 17).

The promise was an echo of the pledge made four months ago by Portugal’s Planning and Infrastructure Minister Pedro Marques (click here). But drivers remain sceptical as these roadworks have been going in fits and starts for years.

According to IP, renovations on the 19.8km stretch between Vila do Bispo and Lagos were completed early April, while work on the rest of the road is in the “final phase of completion.”

As any driver using the EN125 will have noticed, several sections are still being repaved in Odiáxere (Lagos), Lagoa, Loulé and Faro, while 30 new roundabouts are still under construction.

Though IP admits that the renovations have been a “nuisance” for drivers, it insists the EN125 will be much better once works are completed, offering residents and local businesses and holidaymakers a “safer and more efficient” alternative to the tolled A22 motorway.

Meantime, there is still no date set for the start of much-needed renovations between Olhão and Vila Real de Santo António.

IP says it is renegotiating the contract with building concession Rotas do Algarve Litoral and that the process is in the “final stages”.

Correio da Manhã tabloid points out that “the deal will still have to be approved by the Court of Auditors. Thus it is unlikely the works will begin this year”.