Ministers agree on a plan to begin working on Uruguay-Brazil waterwayAug, 18, 2020 Posted by datamarnews
Last Monday, August 17, the Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, and the Minister of Transport and Public Works of Uruguay, Luís Alberto Héber, participated in a virtual meeting to address works that will promote integration between the two countries. It was agreed that a new notice will be launched for the construction of a new bridge over the Jaguarão river and the beginning of the impact studies for the dredging and signaling of the Uruguay-Brazil waterway, in Lagoa Mirim.
The bridge over the Jaguarão River, on BR-116 / RS, is about 150 meters long and has strategic importance for both countries. According to the bilateral agreement, enacted in 2013, construction of 12km of access and the customs are Brazil´s responsibility. The objective is for the project to be auctioned this year to be executed in 2021. The total cost of the work is R$150 million. This work will also enable the restoration of the Barão de Mauá Historical Bridge, with the flow being deviated during the interventions. This bridge already has an approved draft for implementing the improvements.
The dredging and signaling of the Uruguay-Brazil waterway and its subsequent use will enable the flow of rice from the north of Uruguay through the Port of Rio Grande, thus having a positive effect on Brazil´s southern region. The National Department of Transport Infrastructure (DNIT) has already requested Ibama to renew the previous license for the works and is awaiting a response. Once the procedures are completed, the bidding process is expected to take place in 2021.
“Today, an excellent step has been taken in relations between Uruguay and Brazil with the integration of infrastructure agendas in both countries. From now on, we will call on the other partner countries, such as Argentina and Paraguay, to establish the goals so that this agenda can be carried out and strengthen the economy at our borders ”, declared Tarcísio.
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