RIO GRANDE RAILWAY BRIDGE COMPLETEDSep, 14, 2020 Posted by Ruth Hollard
On the 9th of September, works were concluded on the Rio Grande railway bridge, located on the border of São Paulo and Minas Gerais. The new road is part of Rumo’s Malha Central, (the new name of the North-South Railway) and will open paths for the markets of Goiás, Tocantins, and Minas Gerais to connect to the Port of Santos. The project is part of the stretch that connects the state São Paulo to the future terminals of Iturama (MG) and São Simão (GO).
The bridge is one of the longest on the stretch under management by Rumo and will complete a government project that began 30 years ago with the objective of integrating rail transport. It is 495 meters long and is a mixed structure of concrete and steel. It weighs about a thousand tons and consists of ten spans, of which seven are made of concrete beams, and the other three are made of metal. The work had started before Rumo took over the concession, but had not been completed until now.
The commercial operation of Malha Central, consisting of a 1,537-km stretch between Porto Nacional (TO) and Estrela D’Oeste (SP), is expected to start in the first half of 2021.
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