The Porto metrobus works, between Casa da Música and Praça do Império, will move to the south side of Avenida da Boavista on Thursday night, announced this Wednesday the Metro and the city council.
According to a statement published this Wednesday by Metro do Porto, the contract advances, as of 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, to “a new stage” that “consists of the passage of the intervention of the central channel of Avenida da Boavista (… ) to the south side”.
The central channel was previously “occupied by two BUS lanes” and was the target of the contract “about a month ago”.
At stake are the sections “ranging from Marechal Gomes da Costa to Foco and from Bessa Leite to Guerra Junqueiro” in the contract for the metrobus, a hydrogen bus that will circulate in a dedicated channel on Avenida da Boavista and coexist with cars on Avenida Marshal Gomes da Costa.
“The works on the metrobus will now occupy the two ascending lanes, and car traffic in this direction (west-east) will now take place through the two lanes of the central corridor”, can be read in the note published today, keeping it circulation in the downward direction is unchanged.
According to Metro do Porto, “this intervention in the south corridor and the resulting changes to circulation will be in effect over the next three months”.
The company responsible for the metrobus work also informed that “in conjunction with the Porto City Council, some traffic and parking conditions in the surrounding area are also implemented, duly signposted on site”.
The Porto Chamber also communicated that “from 22:00 on March 9 [quinta-feira] at 24:00 on the 7th of May”, several traffic conditions will be in force.
Thus, “stopping and parking, except for authorized vehicles, on the southern street of Avenida da Boavista, in the section between Rua de António Bessa Leite and Rua de António José da Costa”, will be prohibited.
There will also be a “narrowing of the road on Avenida da Boavista, in the section between Rua de António Bessa Leite and Rua de António José da Costa” and “stopping and parking will be prohibited, except for authorized vehicles, on Rua de António José da Costa, east side, in the section between Avenida da Boavista and Rua de António Patrício”.
Traffic will also be prohibited, except for loading and unloading and access to garages, “in Rua de António Cardoso, in the section between Avenida da Boavista and Rua de António Patrício”, “in Rua de Ciríaco Cardoso, in the section between Avenida da Boavista and Rua de Carlos Dubini”, and “in the access via de Cintura Interna, in the section connecting Praça Rotary Internacional to Avenida da Boavista”.
There will also be a “traffic restriction with a narrowing of the Avenida da Boavista road, in the section between number 2026 and Avenida do Marechal Gomes da Costa”, and a “one-way change in the access via the Cintura Interna road, to descending direction, in the section opposite number 44 and for approximately 50 meters (to be used as access to the VCI, towards Ponte do Freixo)”.
Conditions can also be consulted on the Municipality Transit Platform.
The metrobus service will connect Casa da Música to Praça do Império in 12 minutes and to the Anémona roundabout in 17 minutes, with the end of the works scheduled for June 2024.