July 1 marked the inauguration of the 71.2-km stretch that makes up the Metropolitan Arch between Duque de Caxias (BR-040) and Itaguaí (BR-101 South) in Rio de Janeiro. Odebrecht Infrastructure - Brazil was responsible for building 14.5 km of roads, in addition to 10 viaducts that make up the stretch (eight of them are shaped like metallic arches).
Considered one of the state's most important construction projects over recent decades, the highway will connect Itaguaí to Itaboraí along a 145-km course. The road is connected to all the federal roads on state territory, and also integrates the municipalities of Magé, Guapimirim, Duque de Caxias, Nova Iguaçu, Japeri and Seropédica.
It is estimated that initially, more than 30,000 vehicles will use the highway per day (10,000 trailers and trucks and 22,000 lightweight vehicles). By 2030, it is expected that this number will grow to 45,000, helping free up traffic along the express ways at the entrance and exit from Rio de Janeiro, such as the Rio-Niterói Bridge and the freeways Avenida Brasil, Linha Vermelha and Linha Amarela and the Washington Luiz and Dutra Highways.
On July 2, the Maracanã Intermodal Station and operation of the Providência Cable Car were inaugurated. The station joins the Rio de Janeiro train and subway system, and the cable car connects Praça Américo Brum, located at the peak of Morro da Providência Hill to Brazil's Central Station and Gamboa. The free cable car ride – which travels 721 meters – is approximately 5 minutes long and offers comfort and accessibility to the nearly 5,000 residents of Morro da Providência. In all, there are 16 gondolas with the capacity for 10 people each.
The cable car gondolas feature the drawings of the 5th grade students from the Francisco Benjamin Galloti Municipal School, who participated in the drawing workshop. The 67 illustrations led to the exhibit "The Port Region that I Like," which is open to visitors at the system's three stations. The youth, who are residents of the community and students of the Padre Doutor Francisco da Motta School, helped create the tile panel entitled “The Tree of Providência," which addresses the topic of Human Rights.
On July 3, 30 new homes were delivered under the Live Happy II Program in Dores de Macabu, located in the district of Campos dos Goytacazes. In all, 5,426 homes were already delivered during the first phase of the program and distributed into 14 subdivisions. The program prioritized the use of ceramic blocks produced by the municipality itself, which is recognized as Rio de Janeiro's largest ceramics center, favoring the local production chain.
The program sets aside 10% of the units for individuals with disabilities and the elderly. The homes feature unique characteristics to help improve mobility and comply with all of the technical standards for accessibility stablished by the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT).
The construction work being completed during the second phase of Live Happy is generating some 2,000 direct job opportunities to build 4,754 units, distributed throughout the neighborhoods of Uruaí, Ponta Grossa, Donana, Goytacazes, Saturnino Braga, Baixa Grande, Santo Eduardo, Morro do Coco, Lagoa de Cima, Rio Preto, Santa Clara, Esplanada, Três Vendas, Travessão, Caxias de Coco, Farol and Guarus.
On July 4, another 300 apartments from the Terra Nova Condominium, located in Rio de Janeiro's mountainous region of Nova Friburgo, were delivered to their new residents. Built by Odebrecht Infrastructure - Brazil within the sphere of My House, My Life, the houses are located in the district of Conselheiro Paulino.
In all, 1,120 units were concluded in the region. The construction work for the second phase of the project has already begun. “It is expected that by the end of 2014, another 1,060 apartments will be delivered, finalizing the 2,180 units and benefitting some 8,500 people," said Rogério Dourado, Contract Director.