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Study Shows Only 25% of Brazilian Roads Are in Great or Good Shape

The 2006 Road Study, published Friday, October 6, by Brazil’s National Confederation of Transportation shows that more than one third of the Brazilian federal highways are in bad or terrible condition. And only 10.8% are considered to be in perfect shape.

The study evaluated all Brazilian federal highways. Among the aspects taken into consideration were conservation and users’ safety and comfort, all based in a "theoretical model-road". For that, researchers used such criteria as paving, signaling and geometry, or in other words, the road’s unevenness.

According to the study, 14.2% of the highways in Brazil are in good condition; 38.4% in regular condition; 24.4% in bad shape; and 12.2% in terrible shape. Last year, the same study had shown 11% of the highways in great condition; 17% in good condition; 31.8% in regular condition; 22% in bad shape; and 18.2% in terrible shape.

The best highways, according to the study, are located in São Paulo state. On the other hand, the worst are mostly in the northeastern region. The highway that links the city of Leopoldina, in Minas Gerais, to the BR-262 road came in last, as the worst Brazilian federal highway.

This was the 11st road study carried out by the CNT. To conduct the study researchers travelled  84,382 km (52, 432 miles) from June 28 to August 5. The Confederation stressed that the highways are used for the transportation of 96.2% of all the passengers and 6.8% of the cargo in the country.



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  • Jeff

    Brazil needs better transportation no doubt. The only question is whether they can muster the political will to make it happen. If they do they also have the bigger problem of making sure the money actually goes to building roads. Real roads……….not ones with pot holes that are filled with sand.

  • realitycheck

    very strange……
    …your government budget for transportations and road is around US$ 2.5 billion.

    Now compare your efforts to India, a country poorer than Brazil :

    Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh doubled the estimate of investment needed in roads, ports and other infrastructure, underpinning the importance of public works in speeding up economic expansion and cutting poverty.

    India requires investments of $320 billion in infrastructure by 2012, Singh said in New Delhi today, revising his earlier estimate of $150 billion on the premise that an economy growing at 8 percent needs matching investments in infrastructure.

    Better infrastructure in neighboring China, which began opening its economy in 1978, 13 years before India did, has helped it attract $60 billion of foreign direct investment in 2005, compared with India’s $50 billion since 1991. Singh wants more investments in factories to generate employment, accelerate growth and improve the lives of a third of its 1.1 billion people, who the World Bank estimates, live on less than $1 a day.

    “If we have to make a decisive impact on poverty, we must further accelerate the pace of growth to 10 percent,” Singh said at a conference on infrastructure. “Our growth potential will be realized only if we can ensure that our infrastructure does not become a severe handicap.”

    Singh’s government is improving the country’s roads, airports, railways and other infrastructure to attract investments and spur economic growth, which has averaged 8.1 percent in the past three years, making India the second-fastest growing economy after China among the world’s top 20 economies.

    China Spending

    India, which spends a seventh of China’s $150 billion investment in public works each year, according to Morgan Stanley, has boosted spending by a quarter to 992 billion rupees ($21 billion) since April 1 to modernize its transportation and communication links.

    Eventually Brazil will understand why these countries are growing
    at 3 times the economic growth rate of Brazil !

  • abcd

    Lula the magician…..
    and after the elections there is neither sand and nor Reais !

    Great Lula ! How did he do that ? smile

  • thetruth

    Lula is a magician, he can transform sand into Reais…before the elections

  • thetruth

    in Brazil’s roads, millions of potholes are larger than swimming pools, some larger than lagoons !
    But everyone could find out that by the end of last year, Lula freed 400 millions Reais
    to fill these potholes….with sand….expecting…to have roads in good shape by July 2006….as per his statements !

    It happens that not only 400 millions was a drop in the ocean, but that the majority of companies involved have been found with irregularities in their accounting when audited !
    No doubt….that Lula freed that money…. to start filling the CaÀƒ¯xas2 of the PT party for the elections and not fill the potholes with sand !

  • downwithsubservience!

    Brazil’s roads stinks (non-literally) ;((

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