Urban Planning

Streets at Foz Velha are to receive new handrails to pedestrian accessibility

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People coming and going in the streets of Foz Velha will have new street equipment that will make their lives easier to literally help them in their right of way. The endeavour to install handrails in a setup of streets in that area, thus improving pedestrian accessibility both for residents and visitors, was advanced by porto City Hall. The streets in this area are narrow and deeply steep, which causes constraints to residents' mobility. Handholds and railings will be installed, under the Municipality's accessibilities mobility plan.

The first set has been deployed at the Travessa and Rua de S. José, and other streets will follow under this goal of improving mobility and accessibility. The streets were chosen according to the following priorities: nonexistence of handrails or guardrails in public connected stairways; nonexistence of handrails in deeply steep streets; and replacement of exiting handrails.

The municipal company Gestão e Obras do Porto - GO Porto is in charge of this endeavour that will benefit a total of 14 streets: Travessa dos Olivais, Rua de Santo Antonino, Rua do Bom Jesus, Rua de Santa Senhorinha, Travessa Alegre, Rua da Quinta, Rua da Beneditina, Calçada da Serrúbia, Viela da Senhora da Lapa, Escadas da Igreja, Travessa do Passeio Alegre, Rua do Sacramento, Travessa do Sacramento and staircases at Rua de Duarte Barbosa. The works are estimated to last for 17 days.

For further information, GO Porto provides the direct line 228 339 303 and the website www.goporto.pt contains all the useful information regarding this undertaking.