SP-21 highway, Sao Paulo
SP-65 highway, Sao Paulo
BR-448 highway, Rio Grande do Sul
Road Connection between BA-526 and BA-099
BR-101 section in Paraíba state
DF-047 highway, Brasília
Bandeirantes, one of Sao Paulo state's main highways
Castelo Branco highway (Sao Paulo-Sorocaba)
road in somewhere very distant in Brazil
Sao Paulo Rodoanel (roadring) - West section
Total road network: circa 2 million km (4th largest network in the world)
Total paved network: 230,000 km
Total divided dual highways (duplicated): 16,000km (2017) (from 11,000km in 2011)
A recent Federal Government concession package (2013-2015) is transfering care and expansion projects of 10,000km of federal highways to private concessionaires. Some 6,800km are being transformed into divided highways/ dual carriageways. This package will dramatically increase highway quality throughout the country.
The map below shows a different proposal, but illustrates what the Brazilian National & State highway system may look like in 5-10 years (late 2020s)
: 1 per 4 inhabitants
: circa 45 million (2014)
Trucks, buses, motorcycles and other commercial vehicles
: circa 30 million
Total motorvehciles (2014)
: 84 million
(automobile includes cars, SUVs and small pick-up trucks) - source
Map of highways by quality
Map of Brazil's dual carriageway highways shown (completed, u/c and planned)
(excellent PDF with proposals for road duplication)
Sao Paulo state's dual carriageway system
CNT National Highway Quality Survey 2012 (PDF)
Graphic - highway quality by state & nationwide, 2013, CNT
Major ongoing projects
SÃO PAULO RINGROAD (RODOANEL MÁRIO COVAS)
- 75% operational, final conclusion 2016
South section over dam
North Section under construction in 2017 (delivery expected for 2019)
Conceived to divert highway through-traffic away from the city's congested highways and the "old ringroad" already engulfed by urban development. The West section opened in 2002, the South section in 2010. The East section opened in July, 2014. The North section started construction in 2012 and is expected to open by 2016.
ANHANGUERA COMPLEX - Sao Paulo
Series of projects to modernize Anhanguera Highway, connecting Sao Paulo city to interior
RIO DE JANEIRO HIGHWAY ARC
Opened almost entirely in mid 2014, a small section remains to be built
BELO HORIZONTE BELTWAY
North section to be built between 2015 and 2019, other sections still in planning stage
SANTOS-GUARUJÁ TUNNEL (TÚNEL SUBMERSO SANTOS_GUARUJÁ)
The most important highway in Brazil, nationwide from north to south, fully paved. Each major section between large cities has different names.
BR-116 - São Paulo-Rio section (Dutra)
- The most important section, being the main link between Brazil's two largest metropolitan regions.
The section hilly section near Rio (Serra das Araras) is due to be modernized, with a new 10km long viaduct/tunnel section in place of the current winding trajectory built in the 50s/60s. Thread
São Paulo-Curitiba (Régis Bittencourt)
- The second most important part, being the main link between the South and the rest of Brazil. A 25km single-road section on Serra do Cafezal forest was finally twinned in 2017. That former two-lane section was one of the worst bottlenecks in Brazilian infrastructure. The expansion required tunnels and bridges.
Video on expansion project:
pictures of 2015:
AMAZONIAN ROAD PAVING AND CONSTRUCTION
The Transamazônica (Transamazonian Highway) is being paved through the Tapajos river, though no schedule for full pavement has been revealed.
The highway from Porto Velho to Manaus is 860km long but was poorly built in the 80s and eventually fell into disrepair. Currently usable only in extremities, full restoration is schedule to end by 2017(?).
2015 pics of new bridges
Federal Government page on Private Federal Highway Concessions
SP-99 - Tamoios (Eastern Greater Sao Paulo - Northern coastal SP state)
Already twinned on highland section, the hill section and the rings around Sao Sebastiao and Caraguatatuba will be ready by 2018/2019
- Imigrantes Highway, from Santos region to Sao Paulo city. First section (Santos-Sao Paulo) completed in 1976, second section (Sao Paulo-Santos) completed in 2002
BR-040 (RIO - BELO HORIZONTE section)
This national highway connects Rio to Belo Horizonte to Brasilia and beyond. The hilly section between Rio and Petropolis is being twinned and will include Brazil's longest highway tunnel, with about 4km. The remainder to Belo Horizonte has already been almost fully twinned. The BH-Brasilia section is also being fully twinned.
Main section connects Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso and Pará states. Granted in concession in 2014, it is being twinned in its southern sections and paved / twinned in its Amazonian section (Cuiabá-Santarém) providing an alternative route for central Brazil's gargantuan agrarian production, which today has to be funneled to the Southern ports.
Rio Grande do Sul highway status chart
"Freeway" in Rio Grande do Sul state
BR-448 bridge near Porto Alegre (Estrada do Parque)
BR-101 (FLORIANOPOLIS - PORTO ALEGRE section)
Being fully duplicated, one of the biggest highway projects in the country right now. Includes Anita Garibaldi bridge (Laguna bridge) 2,8km long.
BR-101 (ESPIRITO SANTO SECTION)
SP-160 SP-050 Access to Santos Port
/ Cubatão Petrochemical Complex - reformulation of Cubatão intersections, Sao Paulo state