Portugal: Government announces construction of third bridge over Tagus river in Lisbon

7 April 2008

Lisbon, Portugal, 7 April – The Portuguese government Friday announced that in November it planned to launch an international public tender for construction of the third bridge over the river Tagus in Lisbon, at an estimated cost of 1.7 billion euros.

The Chelas-Barreiro bridge, which will be both a road and rail crossing and will be 13 kilometres long, seven of which will be over the river itself.

The bridge will be the crossing point for the Lisbon-Madrid high-speed train link, work on which is due to begin in 2013.

The third Tagus crossing will have two tracks for high speed trains, two for convetional trains and three lanes in each direction for road traffic.

Traffic estimates for the Chelas-Barreiro bridge are of 66,000 vehicles per day in 2017, as compared with 91,500 for the Vasco da Gama bridge and 140,000 per day on the 25 de Abril Bridge. (macauhub)