“Given the decarbonization commitments, but also the problems that we already have today in the two cities, in Gaia and Porto, it is now more or less inevitable to realize that, if we want to solve something, we have to make a strong investment in public transport and that public transport and the Gaia-Porto connection is absolutely essential,” said Rui Moreira.
The mayor was speaking on Thursday night, during the conference “Margens que Ligam”, promoted by Jornal de Notícias and TSF, at the Almeida Garret Municipal Library, in Porto.
In the session that debated the construction of the new bridge over the Douro, which will allow the extension of the yellow metro line, Moreira stressed that cities now have “an opportunity granted by the PRR [Plano de Recuperação e Resiliência], which allows you to do something, but this also requires that it be done in a short time”.
“Times are shorter today due to impositions that come to us, and it is an opportunity that we cannot miss,” he reiterated.
For the independent, the way the bridge is inserted in Porto is “conditioned by a question, because of the ZEP [Zona Especial de Proteção] of the Arrábida Bridge”.
“By being too fundamentalist in certain areas, in a certain place, in a certain place, by making a certain excessive protection on this side, we are somehow running the risk of spoiling what can be accommodated elsewhere,” he continued.
Rui Moreira also expressed concern about the “insertion of the canal in the fabric of the city”.
“The choice of this height of the bridge and this entrance of the bridge into the urban fabric of Porto necessarily impacts the built heritage of the city of Porto, it has strong impacts on the University [do Porto], on the University campus, and on private properties, some of which are of particular value to the people who lived there,” he explained, adding that, in order to reach a solution, concessions will be necessary.
The tender for the bridge design project that will allow the metro connection from Santo Ovídio, in Gaia, to Casa da Música, in Porto, is currently suspended, due to a dispute from one of the competitors.
As part of this competition, the three finalist projects had already been announced on October 18th.
The competition jury awarded first place to the consortium led by Edgar Cardoso: Structural Laboratory, which proposes a gantry-type solution with inclined struts, with concrete as the main material and a height greater than that of the Arrábida Bridge.
Second place was awarded to the project of the consortium led by COBA, which presents an arch solution with a deck at an intermediate level, with reinforced concrete pillars on the slopes and metal pillars on the arch.
Third place was awarded to the consortium led by Betar – Consultores, whose project is based on a gantry solution with sloping and asymmetrical pillars on the edges, with the deck made up of steel and concrete and the pillars and abutments in reinforced concrete.
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