The work on the new bridge between Alcoutim and Sanlúcar de Guadiana, in Spain, is due to start in May 2024, so that it is possible to complete the work before the end of the fourth quarter of 2025 and guarantee the financing of 9 million of the Recovery Plan and Resilience (PRR).
This is the date set for the beginning of the work in the tight construction schedule of the bridge, which was revealed in a presentation given by the Alcoutim Council during a working visit by Isabel Ferreira, Secretary of State for Regional Development, to Mértola and Alcoutim.
Like Sul Informação advanced, Alcoutim is to meet, until now, the rigorous deadlines of this undertaking.
And this is something that will have to continue, as Osvaldo Gonçalves, president of the Alcouteneja Chamber, admitted to our newspaper, and the official schedule confirms it, since there is only one month “reserved” for unforeseen events.
Still during the current month of February, the designer of the bridge will be chosen, who will have to prepare the project for the execution of the bridge by the end of June (4 months).
Meanwhile, the tender for contracting the Environmental Impact Assessment process has already taken place, which should start in February and last until August, the month in which Alcoutim Council hopes to have a favorable Environmental Impact Declaration in hand.
From that moment on, it will be possible to launch the tender for the contract, which should last about eight months – six for the tender itself, plus two to obtain a visa from the Court of Auditors – and end in March 2024.
The work assignment document should be signed in April 2024, with the contract itself starting on the ground in the following month, May.
The execution period for the work is 19 months, a little over a year and a half, with completion scheduled for November 2025. In the following months, the work will be received and inspected.
The bridge will be built north of the village of Alcoutim, next to the Youth Hostel, and Sanlúcar de Guadiana, on the slope below the fortress.
The upper part of the deck will have to be located «about 27 meters above the river water level», to allow the passage of «masted vessels that pass on the bridge over the Guadiana in Castro Marim/Ayamonte».
«The bridge deck should have a total length of about 318 meters, with a deck of about 12 meters. Given its importance, the bridge will be designed for a useful life of 100 years», reveal those responsible for the project.
An attempt will also be made to "make the most of the existing accessibility on both sides, reducing the investments necessary to guarantee access to the bridge, allowing its use as soon as its construction is completed" and "the ownership of land on both sides that are of public ownership, or in the process of being so», as well as «to lessen the environmental impacts associated with the proposed crossing».