Conceived by the state for more than a decade, the Rio-Santos Highway concession (SP-55, to Dr. Manuel Hipólito Rego and BR-101) can advance in the next semester. It is when the federal and state governments plan to begin studies for the possible exploitation of the tortuous access to the beaches of the North Coast. The goal is to end the constant congestion faced by residents and tourists.
Those who observe these possible advantages are mayors and technicians of the cities of the region to be affected with the measure, amid charges for duplication of the lane.
The first steps to grant the highway, built in the 1970s, were given in January. On that occasion, Governor João Doria (PSDB) met with the Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcisio Freitas, and President Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) to address the issue.
The proposal, still under evaluation, is to include lots of Rio Santos (excerpts of SP-55 and BR-101) in the relacitation auction of Via Dutra (BR-116). Thus, the two roads connecting São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro would be under a single concession contract. As against departure, the company set to explore the lots would have to shoulder the duplication of the road.
In 2017, the Investment Partnerships Program (PPI) approved a new round of bidding for the main land link between the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
The lot is under management of the company CCR, and the current concession expires in 2021 (when the 25-year contract to operate the highway ends).
According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, the concession model is being evaluated by the São Paulo and federal teams.
It is expected that the survey on Via Dutra will be completed in up to 90 days. After this stage, the coastal highway will undergo a study of technical and economic feasibility.
The mapping will indicate, for example, sections to be duplicated and possible toll plazas.
Currently, the highway has almost 500 kilometers – half of it in the State of São Paulo – but is not priced. However, most of them are made up of a single scrolling range, lack of maintenance and full of barriers.
The initial analysis of ministry technicians is that it makes sense to unify the contracts of the two highways. Both have bottlenecks. Access by the coast requires duplication, not yet estimated cost of works.
Dutra demands a new runway in the Serra das Araras, on the border between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro – for an investment of more than R $ 3 billion.
Mayors see advantages in idea
The mayor of Santos, Paulo Alexandre Barbosa (PSDB), believes that the concession of the road will stimulate tourism and development on the coast. “The duplication of Rio-Santos, one of the requirements of this concession that is being studied, would bring more speed in the displacements and would still have the capacity to reduce the accidents with fatal victims in this highway.”
For Guarujá Health Secretary, Vitor Hugo Straub Canasiro, the concession can help reduce the mortality in accidents.
The mayor of Bertioga, Caio Matheus (PSDB), believes that the sector granted would be more agile than the Public Power to solve the problems of Rio-Santos.
Matheus also foresees improvements in access to the city’s neighborhoods.
“Much of the population lives on one side of the highway, while services and workplaces are on the other. This crossing, in some stretches, becomes dangerous, since there are no lower passages in Rio-Santos, “says the mayor of Bertiogu.
A trip through the state of São Paulo can last up to seven hours. In Bertioga alone, the road receives an average of 21,000 vehicles per day (91% cars), part of which – not specified – for internal flow.
“It becomes an avenue to move from one neighborhood to another. With almost 50 kilometers of extension, the Rio-Santos is a true urban scar “.
Caio Matheus calls for state government support for the completion of marginal road avenues for “improvement in urban mobility and trade warming.”
Against bottleneck, three possible solutions
In the stretch of São Paulo, the highway has almost 250 kilometers between the Continental Area of Santos and the state currency. There, a bottleneck is formed, especially on weekends and in season. Saturated and patched, the SP-55 is an adventure for drivers, with perils at every turn.
Insecurity is evident. Grooves, cracks in soil and poor signage are examples. From the Continental Area of Santos, the quality of the track falls.
Although the technicians of São Paulo and of the Union defend a concessionary company for the two accesses, one works with the hypothesis of isolated concessions. State assessments in 2013 identified a business interest in operating from Guarujá, in the direction of Rio de Janeiro.
One option designed in the current management is to privatize access to Bertioga, in the meeting with Mogi-Bertioga (Rodovia Dom Paulo Rolim Loureiro, SP-98).
Another proposal is to extend the concession to São Sebastião, in the section that ends at the Rodovia dos Tamoios. The two stretches, totaling 150 kilometers, are the responsibility of the Department of State Roads (DER) and concentrate the largest volume of traffic.
A third possibility is to extend the concession to Ubatuba, where the highway is to be administered by the Union (BR-101). Experts consider it feasible to extend the stretch to Paraty (RJ) or to Rio, in a route of almost 450 kilometers.
In an interview with A Tribuna at the beginning of last month, the state secretary of Logistics and Transportation, João Octaviano Machado Neto, said that these are negotiation points between the state and the Union. Besides the duplication of the highway, he believes that the concession will allow tracks to isolate urban traffic and reduce congestion. Mayor Caio Matheus proposes alternative avenues.
However, almost all of the road passes through areas of environmental preservation (such as mangrove, restinga and Mata Atlântica), which should hamper works because of the need for environmental licenses.
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