Since the opening of traffic on May 8, 2016, more than 19 million vehicles have passed through the Marão tunnel
Over the past five years, 19 million cars have passed through the Marão tunnel, generating 43 million euros in toll revenue, and annual maintenance costs of 2.5 million euros.
The data is today provided to Lusa by the Portuguese Infrastructure Authority (Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP)). The infrastructure is part of the Marão highway. The administrator of the road infrastructure completed the A4 from Amarante to Vila Real. extend.
The Marão Expressway includes a road tunnel of nearly six kilometers. After seven years of work, the suspension of three stations and the rescue of the state, it was opened on May 7, 2016.
According to IP, more than 19 million cars have passed through the Marão tunnel since it opened to traffic on May 8, 2016.
2019 is the year with the highest average daily traffic, which is 12,208 vehicles, while 2020 is the year of the covid-19 pandemic, with the average daily traffic falling to 9,590.
The company also said that as of the end of March this year, the total revenue of tolls paid by infrastructure users exceeded 43 million euros.
The total investment in the highway is 398 million euros, and the community support is 89.9 million euros.
The Intellectual Property Office also stated that approximately 2.5 million euros are spent on the direct costs of maintaining the infrastructure each year.
In the IP traffic control center, two operators are directly assigned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Regarding the maintenance of the infrastructure, technical services belonging to the IP were provided to service providers and members of the protection and relief team, and more than 30 workers were assigned to the infrastructure, some of whom worked in shifts.
Since it was put into use, there have been 7 accidents in the Marão tunnel, causing 9 minor and serious injuries, which were caused by the loss of motorcycles.
According to IP, there are also some incidents caused by overheating of vehicles. The most relevant incident occurred in June 2017. A heavy passenger car caught fire and a light passenger car caught fire in August 2017.
In both cases, no one was injured, only material damage, but the fire on the bus forced “extensive intervention to repair the damage caused in the tunnel and replacement of various damaged equipment.”
The accident caused attention to issues related to the accident response. As a result, a team of three firefighters was permanently assigned to the tunnel for prevention, first intervention and relief. The team has belonged to the White Cross Company since 2018. (Vila Real) and Amarante.