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.
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.
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.
|Location||SÔo Miguel Island|
|Customer||Azores Autonomous Region|
|Equity structure||89,2% Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.|
2,7% Construš§es Gabriel Couto S.A.
2,7% Casais Investest
2,7% Aurelio Martíşn Sobreiro e Filhos, S.A.
|Concession start date||2006|
|Duration of the concession||30 years|
|Purpose||Concept, project design, construction, conservation and operation.|
|Managed investment||€ 386,7 B|
|Jobs created||1400 positions created during construction|
|Length of the highway||93,7 km|
|Number of lanes||2 lanes each way|
|Toll system||Shadow Toll System|
|Payment methods accepted||-|
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.