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In Argentina, October 12 marked the return of an important urban infrastructure project, which will improve the public transport in Buenos Aires and increase the number of people assisted each day. On the date, the Tunnel Boring Machine – better known as “Tatuzão” in Brazil – began to excavate a 13-km tunnel as part of the modernization work for the Sarmiento Railroad Line, which extends 37 km in all. 

Members from Odebrecht Engineering & Construction International - Infrastructure, responsible for the project, and government authorities attended the start of the construction work. The meeting included Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina; Guillermo Dietrich, Minister of Transports; and Maria Eugenia Vidal, Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, among other leaders.

“For us, it is a source of pride to participate in this project, which will resolve a long-standing need for urban transport in Buenos Aires," emphasized Ricardo Vieira, Senior Officer of Odebrecht in Argentina.

Fifty Percent More Passengers

The investment is the main one in transit in the country and will primarily serve the city's West Zone. The work includes the burying of streets, construction of eight new underground stations and installation of new sign and electric energy systems. This work will allow the Sarmiento Line to increase the frequency of the trains and transport 50% more people than it does today.

Additionally, the traffic flow monitoring will be modernized with the installation of new sign, electrical power and fire fighting systems, all regulated by international standards. "The new line will be safer for everyone," explained Henrique Ventura, Contract Director. "It will also have a positive impact on the value of real estate, better integrating neighborhoods and correcting the current problems of the line. "Furthermore, it will reduce the risk of accidents, interference with vehicle traffic along important arterials of the city and noise," he said.