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A27-A28 | Portugal

Norte Litoral Highway

The northern highway connecting Oporto and Caminha.

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A project unique in Europe

The Norte Litoral Highway runs along the northwest coast of Portugal, from Oporto to Caminha, near the Spanish border, with a branch towards the interior between Viana do Castelo and Ponte da Lima.

The highway is 119 km long, of which 72 km are refurbished and 47 km new construction.

The Norte Litoral Highway already has an electronic toll system with total absence of obstacles for users, similar to the system used on the Canadian 407 ETR toll road.

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24-hour services

There is 24-hour surveillance and patrolling in order to provide service and aid to users in the event of emergencies. Additionally, users can keep informed about incidents on their routes by telephone.

Moreover, a preventative maintenance system has been implemented on this highway and includes cleaning, signaling, enclosure and replacement of safety elements in the event of accident.

Excellent safety conditions

The highway includes 4 tunnels and wide inner and outer shoulders. It also has variable width lane separators and rigid concrete barriers on the newly-built sections.

CO2 emission reduction

The numerous safety measures and the reliable structure of this highway allow constant speed to be maintained during the entire route. In this way it undoubtedly contributes to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, encouraging environmentally-friendly driving.

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  • Location map of the highway
    TipoDescripción
    ConcessionaireAuto-Estradas Norte Litoral, Sociedad Concesionaria- AENL S.A.
    LocationNorth Coast
    CustomerGovernment of Portugal
    Equity structure75,53% Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.
    8,51% Ferrovial/Agroman
    3,19% Construes Gabriel Couto
    3,19% Eusebiospar, SGPS S.A.
    3,19% Casais Invest
    3,19% J. Gomes, Sociedade de Construes do Crvado, S.A
    3,19% Aurelio Martín Sobreiro e Filhos S.A
    Opening date2006 according to section
    Concession start date2001
    Concession end date2031
    Duration30 years
    PurposeConcept, project design, construction, conservation and operation.
    Managed investment€ 385,9 B
    Jobs created50 positions
    Length of the highway119 km
    Number of lanes2-3 lanes each way
    Toll systemShadow Toll System
    Payment methods acceptedAvailability payment
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    History

    Before the arrival of Cintra, there was only one 64 km-long section with total absence of user services.

    With the arrival of Cintra to the concession, we rolled out 47 kms of new roadway and round-the-clock services.

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