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Contractors World International Vol 6 No 1

Brazil

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.

T

his is good news for equipment manufactur-

ers struggling to recover from a long, deep re-

cession. It is also good news for contractors

such as Galvão Engenharia S.A., who are find-

ing 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 pri-

mary port for exporting fruit prod-

ucts in refrigerated containers.

Fuel and liquefied gas, fertilizer

and steel products are also trans-

shipped here.

As a result, an immense num-

ber of heavy goods vehicles use the

road to and from Fortaleza, Brazil’s

fifth largest metropolis with a pop-

ulation of more than 3.3 million

inhabitants.

In order to manage this traffic vol-

ume, 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 pro-

ject, which is being executed by the contractor Galvão

Engenharia S.A.

The motor- way 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 me-

chanical stability required of the

new pavement was a major crite-

rion prompting Galvão Engenharia

S.A. to opt for concrete surfacing. An

asphalt wearing course will then be

Thiago Henrique Menezes,

an engineer with Galvão

Engenharia,