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SÔo Miguel Island | Ašores, Portugal

Euroscut Ašores Highway

The three main axes of the SÔo Miguel highway.

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The new backbone of the archipelago

The Euroscut Ašores highway, currently under construction, will be 93.7 km long and is designed on three main axes:

The southern axis connects the airport with the south of the Island. The northern axis improves the connection between the Island's two biggest towns. And lastly the north-eastern axis improves connection with SÔo Miguel's less developed population centers. 

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Commitment to the community

The opening of this highway to traffic will reduce access to the business centre, university and hospitals by half, with the evident benefits that this will entail for the inhabitants of SÔo Miguel.

Moreover, during the construction phase protection has been included for an area of beaches which will not be exploited by Cintra once the highway is finished.

A unique project

This is one of Portugal's most complex engineering projects. The geography of the Island reflects its volcanic origins, and it was necessary to find some creative solutions involving high investment in infrastructures. The highway is remarkable for its 27 viaducts, especially the Despe-te que suas overpass with its 185 metres between main pillars.

A sustainable highway in an area of high ecological value

In order to protect ecological capital and to foster integration with the landscape of the Island, 15 rainwater run-off pools have been developed, the contents of which will be analysed three times a year. Since the Island's own volcanic stone has been used in their construction, they are well integrated, as are the walls for protection of pastures, agricultural land and forests, all made from the same material.

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  • Location map of the highway
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    ConcessionaireEuroscut Ašores
    LocationSÔo Miguel Island
    CustomerAzores Autonomous Region
    Equity structure89,2% Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.
    0,2% Ferrovial/Agroman
    2,7% Construš§es Gabriel Couto S.A.
    2,7% Eusebiospar
    2,7% Casais Investest
    2,7% Aurelio Martíşn Sobreiro e Filhos, S.A.
    Opening date2011
    Concession start date2006
    Concession period2036
    Duration of the concession30 years
    PurposeConcept, project design, construction, conservation and operation.
    Managed investment€ 386,7 B
    Jobs created1400 positions created during construction
    Length of the highway93,7 km
    Number of lanes2 lanes each way
    Toll systemShadow Toll System
    Payment methods accepted-
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    History

    Road connections between the main centers of population were very deficient, especially the north-eastern axis where the time spent on route and the hazardous conditions were exceptionally marked.

    Once construction and refurbishing of the three main routes is finished, road connections will be extremely quick and fluid and the safety factor will have significantly increased.

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