IC2's Slow March Movement is carrying out yet another protest on the section between Benedita (Leiria) and Aveiras (Lisbon) to manifest the “revolt” of the users of this road due to the state of degradation and danger it presents.
With departure scheduled for 10 am and the expectation of a “four to five times greater” membership than the protest held last July, the slow march leaves the cafe O Bigodes, in Benedita (Alcobaça municipality), towards the roundabout access to the A1 in Aveiras, passing through the municipality of Rio Maior (Santarém), returning to the starting point, where a meal offered by businessmen in the region is promised.
“There are 20 kilometers of an authentic trap”, said the movement's spokesman, José Belo, stressing the danger of circulating on this section of the Complementary Itinerary (IC) 2, evident in the average of eight deaths per year, in accidents that occur every week and in the daily occurrences of damages caused in vehicles by the poor state of the road.
“There is a huge revolt. This road is a threat ”, he declared, ensuring that people who use this route daily feel“ revolted ”and“ full of promises ”.
Infrastructures of Portugal (IP) decided in October 2015 to launch the pre-contractual procedure necessary to contract the contract called “IC2 / EN1 – Improvement between Asseiceira (KM 65 + 200) and Freires (KM 85 + 500)”, for the value of 7.5 million euros, which, at the time, passed through the years 2016 (1.15 million euros) and 2017 (6.35 million euros).
The launch of the tender was again scheduled until the end of 2018, with the start of the contract expected in the second half of 2019, “subject, however, to obtaining the authorization for multi-annual charges, requested in August”, as the company admitted in the reply to an issue in the municipality of Rio Maior.
Last July, on the eve of the protest, IP stated that the public tender for the improvement contract for the IC2 section between Asseiceira (Rio Maior) and Freires (Benedita) is scheduled for 2019.
Last February 19, IP announced for this month the launch of the public tender for the IC2 / EN1 requalification contract between the Asseiceira node (Rio Maior) and the urban area of Freires (Alcobaça), worth 7 , 5 million euros and an execution period of 450 days.
In a statement, Infraestruturas de Portugal stated that the intervention will cover a section with a total length of 20.3 kilometers, between kilometer 65.2, and kilometer 85.5, which crosses the municipalities of Rio Maior and Alcobaça, in the districts of Santarém and Leiria, respectively.
The company has affirmed that, while the contract does not progress, it has been “promoting specific works of pavement conservation under the Current Conservation Contract, in order to mitigate the accident problems that have been registered there”.