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Douro river to make way for six lane highway

Published:  23 July, 2008

Authorities in the Douro are looking to develop the valley for easy access to Porto and the Spanish hinterland. The Douro river that has for thousands of years carved its way through the region's famous valley, would be concreted over to make way for a six-lane, high speed motorway if the plans go ahead.

There is even talk of the Duoro putting in a bid to host the first Portuguese Grand Prix along the new six lane highway. "This would be a world's first and Bernie Ecclestone has told us he is very open to the idea if we get the go-ahead," said Quaresma.

Plans are also in place to build a Disney-style theme park based on Port and its production techniques further down the valley.

The scheme, however, needs to go through a full consultation period and anyone interested in taking part or passing comment on the scheme can do so at