Brazil proposes US$4.2bn in highway works

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The administration of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff proposed a bill with 9.87bn reais (US$4.23bn) in investments to improve the country's highway network in 2015.

The bill calls for transport infrastructure department DNIT to manage 9.57bn reais in works, while the transport agency would handle projects worth 208mn reais and ground transport agency ANTT works for 111mn reais.

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The investments would fall under the PAC growth acceleration plan.

Of the funds proposed for DNIT, 3.6bn reais would go to highway maintenance and upkeep. The largest single project (386mn reais) would involve highway BR-381 in the state of Minas Gerais between highway junctions BR-116 in the city of Governador Valadares and state highway MG-020.

Other large investments would be 258mn reais for highway BR-101 in the state of Santa Catarina, and 240mn reais for BR-101 running throughout Alagoas state.

The transport ministry funds would be used for the north stretch of São Paulo city's Rodoanel beltway (207mn reais) and highway infrastructure management (1.48mn reais).

ANTT intends to invest its share in highway infrastructure, transport, and electronic management works.

The highway infrastructure budget proposal is part of PAC's 2015 infrastructure budget of 64.9bn reais and must be approved by December.

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