Bahia seeks funding for US$3.9bn Salvador-Itaparica bridge PPP

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Northeastern Brazil's Bahia state is seeking funding for a 7bn-real (US$3.89bn) public-private partnership (PPP) project to build a bridge between state capital Salvador and Itaparica island, a spokesperson for the state planning department (Seplan) told BNamericas.

The state is also working on developing a concession model for the bridge, which could include toll payments. Licensing should be in place for a tender to be launched in 2014, the spokesperson said.

The project's basic plan was developed by a consortium comprised of engineering firms OAS, Camargo Corrêa and Odebrecht Transport.

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With six lanes and two shoulders, the swing bridge will be 11.7km long and 27m wide, with a 160m movable section. It will have a 70m clearance for ships to pass under it and the navigation channel is set to be 25m deep.

The Salvador-Itaparica project will aim to preserve the scenic area of Todos os Santos bay while supporting the expansion of Salvador port, allowing for the implementation of shipyards and industry in the surrounding municipalities.

The bridge is part of a larger initiative to develop an improved road system in Salvador.

The program involves integrating federal highway BR-324 with federal highways BR-101, 242 and 116, as well as state highway BR-001 in the Todos os Santos bay area. The initiative also includes widening a stretch of BR-001 and the Funil bridge, among other works.