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Avenues Brasil and Montevideo keep pavements but have one lane less

The decision has not yet been taken, but it is most likely that the avenues Montevideo and Brazil, under the project for the Avenida Atlânticas, in Porto, will retain the pedestrian zone and lose a lane, in the Porto/Matosinhos direction

The councillor for Urbanism and Public Space, Pedro Baganha, said this Monday that the Porto City Council Executive is leaning towards this solution and that there will be a meeting with the PSD to reconcile positions.

"There will have to be an external contract to make the definitive project. This is what is currently underway", said the councillor, stating that if that solution is chosen it will be option C, as presented to the citizens,

"It doesn't involve a civil construction work, but the reorganization of the road space with only road delimitations", he clarified.

"The PSD of Foz will have a meeting this week that will determine what the final solution is. This matter of the Atlantic avenues results from the understanding between Rui Moreira's movement and the PSD", he said. "I will have a meeting with the PSD to reach an understanding. The most logical solution will be the one that minimises costs and does not reduce the pedestrian area. If a consensus is not possible, we will be here to decide", he guaranteed.

About the option, he reaffirmed that it "makes more sense", although he safeguarded that he does not want to "anticipate the results of the project".

"The direction from North to South (Matosinhos/Porto) will have two lanes, as it allows left turns. It allows the central lane to be a waiting lane for those turning left, so that the movement from South to North is not obstructed", he continued

This solution will remove one lane from the Porto/Matosinhos direction. "Theoretically, it now has two, in practice it has one. All this discussion of the Atlantic avenues arose because it was found that the width of the lanes was not enough. The whole route from South to North is only one lane because there's abusive parking in the second row, and when there's no second row, the lanes are narrow. When there are heavy goods vehicles, in practice there is only one lane," he argued.

"On the seafront promenade there will be no change to the pedestrian space. The cycle path will be maintained. "I have no doubt that this will be resolved by 2023", he guaranteed, admitting that, in the limit, the lanes could be "asphalted" again.


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