Minister of Infrastructure pledges to recover and asphalt BR-319

The linking axis of the Northern Region, the BR-319 linking Manaus to Porto Velho will receive paving works, recovery of highways to avoid flooding and construction of bridges. This is the commitment made by the Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcisio Freitas, during the meeting on Tuesday (5), which included the governors of Rondônia, Roraima and the deputy governor of Acre, as well as federal parliamentarians from these states.

The governor of Rondônia, Marcos Rocha, declared himself optimistic when perceiving a new way of acting of the ministry. “The minister did not say let’s see how. He told us to do it, “he warned. He thanked the neighboring states for their support of Rondônia in order to strengthen the works. “BR-319 was once paved and gradually deteriorated, but it is fundamental for the integration of the states of Amazonia, which are extremely states important, “he said.

Marcos Rocha said that the highway provides the arrival to the Caribbean islands, so that the commercial connection of the entire region will promote local development. “The completion of the project will take more than four years, but we will advance a lot in this period and leave almost everything ready for the next governments,” he explained. During the meeting, the governor recalled that during the 2018 election campaign, then-presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro questioned the road priorities for Rondônia. “Bolsonaro asked me which major highways to Rondônia and I informed the duplication of the BR-364 and the recovery of BR-319 and today we are already being attended,” he celebrated.

Minister Tarcisio de Freitas clarified that the project has guaranteed resources of around R$ 100 million in the 2019 budget to start the action. The objective is to carry out the environmental licensing, collection of fauna and flora and presentation of the project by the DNIT, with elevation of the road and construction of bridges until the end of the first half of 2020.

The Federal Government expects that the highway interconnection between Rondônia, Acre and Roraima will generate a business increment that will serve more than 2 million consumers. As the states’ interest is to accelerate the project to meet this market, the minister offered to make ministry technicians available to evaluate, along with Ibama and Dnit, the feasibility of passing on the competence of environmental licensing to the states. “The BR-319 is beyond this government,” concluded the minister.

The Álvaro Maia highway, also known as BR-319, was inaugurated on March 27, 1976, has an approximate length of 885 km and is currently the only road link available between Manaus, Porto Velho and the rest of Brazil. The initial work was carried out by the military, but without proper maintenance was declared impassable in the year 1988. Against the recovery of the highway are environmental movements that declare that the ease of transit will favor the uncontrolled exploitation of wood and can spread a model of devastation, in an area larger than Germany. Proponents of the work say that the state may have more action to contain illegalities in the areas, while improving logistics in the region will have a positive impact on trade and bring economic development to states crossed by BR-319.

Present were Senator Confúcio Moura and Marcos Rogério, deputies Colonel Chrisostomo, Expedito Neto, Jaqueline Cassol, Leo Moraes, Mariana Carvalho, Mauro Nazif and Silvia Cristina. Also participating in the meeting was the superintendent of Integration of the State of Rondônia in Brasília (Sibra), Leandra Dal Bello.


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