Completing road links in Lisbon

Designed to complete the internal ring road in Lisbon, this project involves constructing the highway section between Buraca and Pontinha, stretching 3,650 metres, as well as 770 metres of road between Pontinha and the Benfica roundabout, providing a connection with the local network.

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By taking traffic away from inner urban areas and roads and the centre of Lisbon, the new links will generate savings in terms of time travelled and energy wasted in the all too familiar traffic jams, at the same time reducing toxic pollution levels.

Final stages in the pipeline

The section covered by this project extends 4 420 kilometres, adding the final stage to the ring road. The works include three connections to existing roads which hook up with the Damaia link, leading to Benfica and Alfornelos, as well as connections to the municipal road network. The investment is also expected to create 480 temporary jobs and 1 permanent job.

A total of 10 integrated, state-of-the-art engineering structures will be built, including 6 overpasses, 2 underpasses and the widening of an overpass. Six tunnels of varying lengths will also be constructed, as well as 2 bridges over the Estrada da Correia road and over Rua Ruy Luís Gomes. The tunnel construction will include evacuation and walking areas, adding to safety for both travellers and maintenance staff.

Enhancing quality of life in the region

In terms of environmental benefits, the project has positive impacts for the region, due primarily to the reduction of urban traffic in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, as road traffic is diverted from the inner urban areas of Lisbon, Odivelas and Amadora. Therefore, the lower traffic volume in the local networks will contribute to improving the quality of life for local residents in these areas; it will also increase safety and contribute to reducing the levels of chemical, physical and noise pollution. The project respects the principle of polluter pays, in the sense that the road users, even though not paying tolls, do pay taxes on vehicles as well as tax on oil products, which incorporates the principle.

The project was subject to an environmental impact assessment and obtained a national environmental licence in 2004. This was renewed in 2008 to integrate certain mitigating features. It is not expected that the project will have any detrimental effect on nearby Natura 2000 sites.


Draft date

28/09/2011