The federal government launched Thursday (Nov.9), the “Avancar” (Advance) program, which foresees investments of R $ 130.9 billion (US $ 4.17 billion) in 7,439 works up to December 2018. The focus is to resume and complete work contracts which had been paralyzed or slow-moving for years. In highway construction priorities were given to:
Sao Paulo Rodoanel,North Section (Finalization):
Rodoanel is the partially built beltway of Greater São Paulo. Its length, when completed, will be of 177 km (110 mi), with a radius of approximately 23 km (14 mi) from the city’s geographical center. 132.5 km (82.3 mi) have been built until now. The North Section – the beltway last stretch- is already under construction.
BR-381/State of Minas Gerais (Road duplication):
This section of BR-381 (that connects the state capital, Belo Horizonte, to Governador Valadores) is a very busy one, with a high rate of fatal accidents. Its duplication was running at a very slow pace. The rythm of activity will now be accelerated in eight different fronts (whole extension: 303 kilometers or 188,3 miles).
BR-163/State of Para (Paving)
This highway links the border of the state of Mato Grosso to the city of Santarem, in the state of Para, It is important for the flow of grain production from the Midwest to ports on North Brazil. With the resources to be released by the government, all its 955 km (693.4 miles) are expected do be paved by the end of 2018.
BR-101/States of Alagoas, Bahia, Sergipe and Pernambuco (Road duplication):
It is a transcoastal longitudinal highway, and the longest in the country with a length of nearly 4,800 km (3,000 mi). It crosses 12 Brazilian states. It also connects more state capitals (12) than any other highway in the country.
The Northeast stretch of BR-101 – between Salvador (Bahia) and Natal(Rio Grande do Norte)is partially in double-lane (404 km or 251 miles). Works will now be accelerated in the states of Pernambuco, Alagoas and Sergipe, and across the state of Bahia.
BR-116/State of Rio Grande do Sul (Road duplication and second bridge over the Guaiba river)
This is one of the busiest highways in Brazil and the second longest – 4,385 kilometres (2,725 mi) connecting Fortaleza (state of Ceara) to the southern city of Jaguarão, Rio Grande do Sul (border with Uruguay)
Priority will be given to the duplication of the highway, which in the state of Rio Grande do Sul alone is more than 700 kilometers long.
BR-163/State of Paraná (Road duplication between Guaíra e Marmelândia)
This is a longitudinal highway. It has 3470 km (2156 miles) of extension and connects Tenente Portela, in Rio Grande do Sul, to Santarém, in Pará.
In the state of Paraná 74km (45.9 miles) are missing for its entire duplication.
BR-493/State of Rio de Janeiro (Road duplication between Manilha-Santa Guilhermina)
This road is part of Rio de Janeiro’s Metropolitan Arch (Arco Metropolitano), designed to connect the five main highways that cross Rio’s metropolitan area. When completed,the arch should reach a total of 145 km (90 miles). Unlike São Paulo’s Rodoanel, the Metropolitan Arch will not have a southern stretch, since it initiates and ends in coastal areas.
BR-163 e BR 364/State of Mato Grosso (Road duplication between Rondonópolis-Cuiabá)
It is known as the “Route to the West”, being of strategic importance for the transport of the grain production of the central regions of Brazil. It has an extension of 174 km (108.1 miles).