More Work For Wirtgen Pavers
Across Brazil, there was a demand for road paving equipment in the build up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Although emphasis is very much focused on Rio de Janeiro and approach routes in the build-up for the 2016 Olympic Games, the country continues to invest in other infrastructure works, where congestion is a problem.
This is good news for equipment manufacturers struggling to recover from a long, deep recession. This is also good news for contractors such as Galvão Engenharia S.A., who are finding out that their Wirtgen SP850 slipform paver is the first choice on these projects. The machine is currently working on the task of modernizing the Anel Viário de Fortaleza – the Fortaleza ring motorway – connecting Fortaleza in the federal state of Ceará with the port of Pecém.
Since the deep-water port in Pecém, some 60 km from Fortaleza, was inaugurated in 2002, the city has become the primary port for exporting fruit products in refrigerated containers. Fuel and liquefied gas, fertilizer and steel products are also transshipped here.
As a result, an immense number of heavy goods vehicles use the road to and from Fortaleza, Brazil’s fifth largest metropolis with a population of more than 3.3 million inhabitants.
In order to manage this traffic volume, the port of Pecém has drawn up a logistics plan. This plan includes modernization of the Anel Viário de Fortaleza. It is hoped that this move will restore the smooth flow of traffic through the metropolis.
Federal authorities have invested more than R$ 200m Brazilian Reais ($73 million) in the construction project, which is being executed by the contractor Galvão Engenharia S.A.
The motorway ring is to be modernized over a total length of 32.1 km by June 2015. At present, the road is 11 m wide on each carriageway, When the work is completed, each roadway will be 16.5 m wide. Measuring 33 m across its entire width, the road will hence be three times as wide as before the work started.
Concrete instead of asphalt
Due to the high degree of stress from heavy goods vehicles, the mechanical stability required of the new pavement was a major criterion prompting Galvão Engenharia S.A. to opt for concrete surfacing. An asphalt wearing course will then be laid over the concrete.