In Porto, the construction contract for the Rosa Line will connect S. Bento/Praça da Liberdade to the Casa da Música, serving the Hospital de Santo António, the Pavilhão Rosa Mota, the Centro Materno-Infantil, Praça de Galiza and the faculties of Campo Alegre hub, started at the end of March, having caused traffic restrictions since at least May, namely in Praça da Liberdade, where car circulation on the first section of the west road has been interrupted since October 12th.
In this area, the construction of this new section will entail more traffic restrictions as of Wednesday, with the construction of a tunnel 20 meters deep and about four meters in diameter, entitled Rio de Vila, to “channel the rainwater”.
At the same time, the “molded walls” of the future Praça da Liberdade station will begin, revealed Metro do Porto on Friday.
The contract, which will last around 13 months, imposes a ban on traffic on Rua dos Clérigos, maintaining only the pedestrian circulation between this artery and Praça da Liberdade.
The final section of Rua do Almada also no longer has a road exit (remaining pedestrian) to Largo dos Lóios and Praça, with two-way traffic from the Banco de Portugal area. The traffic diversions already implemented in Praça da Liberdade and Avenida dos Aliados are still in force.
Still downtown, circulation in Largo São Domingos has been banned since May 31 and for a period of one year, to bypass the Rio de Vila.
The contract also imposed restrictions on circulation in the initial section of Avenida de França, which will be banned from 28 October until the end of 2022, with circulation being carried out through the land of the future Casa da Música II Station.
According to Metro do Porto, “after the execution of the roof slab of the new station, and the surrounding urban requalification has been carried out, car circulation will be restored to its current patterns”.
Since October 19, work is still underway, at the Hospital Santo António, which forced the temporary cut-off of Travessa do Carregal for a month.
The works also required the relocation of stops on 13 STCP lines, located in downtown Porto, having already led the municipality to admit that the New Year’s Eve celebrations will have to be rethought “in a different format” in view of the constraints caused by the works of the construction of the new metro line.
The Linha Rosa will have four stations and about three kilometers of track, connecting São Bento/Praça da Liberdade to Casa da Música, and the works are expected to continue until the end of 2023.
At the same time, the contract for the extension of the Yellow Line is also being developed, which currently crosses the Douro River through the Luís I bridge, from São João Hospital, in Porto, to Santo Ovídeo, in Vila Nova de Gaia, which is also to impose traffic restrictions.
Since Tuesday and for a period of 18 months, circulation in the Santo Ovídio tunnel has been interrupted, within the scope of the extension project of the Yellow Line between Santo Ovídio and Vila d’Este, whose works began in March and have been concluded. scheduled for December 2023.
The interruption of circulation in the tunnel, where around 40,000 cars passed per day, is aimed at building the viaduct to access the Linha Amarela, a project that will last a year and a half.
The contract for the extension of the Yellow Line, in particular the construction of the Manuel Leão Station, one of the three planned, had already forced the cut, in mid-April, of the circulation at the intersection of Rua do Clube dos Caçadores with Rua do Rosário, which will be occupied until the second quarter of 2023, by the construction site.
The extension works of the Yellow Line and the construction of the Pink Line represent, in total, an addition of six kilometers and seven stations to the Porto metro network and a total investment of more than 400 million euros.
In addition to these constraints, there are those caused by the closure, on October 14 and for a period of one year, of the lower deck of the Luiz I Bridge for rehabilitation works.
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Expansion of the Porto Metro network restricts traffic for at least a year and a half