São Paulo govt looking to privatize coastal highways

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The government of Brazil's São Paulo state is reportedly evaluating the privatization of 300km of highways in the coastal parts of the state.

The idea is to pass control of the Mogi-Bertioga and Doutor Manuel Hipólito Rego highways to the private sector, along with unexploited sections of the Padre Manoel da Nóbrega highways in a single package for the whole 300km, reported newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, citing government officials.

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The state is expected to hold public consultations later this year in order to consider the privatization mechanisms to be adopted.

São Paulo state has some 6,800km of highways operated by the private sector out of a total of 22,400km of highways across the state.

Companies interested in the privatization will need to invest in a range of improvements, such as widening roads and construction of new bypasses, and not merely spend on maintenance, said Giovannni Pengue Filho, president of state highway regulator Artesp.