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—With technical advisory from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, the Government of the State of Bahia, in Brazil, through its Secretariat of Infrastructure (SEINFRA), plans to promote the rehabilitation of BA-052, known as Estrada do Feijão (or “Bean Road”). The project is currently in public consultation stage; its final bidding notice should be published next March.
The project, which will be implemented through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), involves the rehabilitation and maintenance of 462 kilometers of the Estrada do Feijão (BA-052), connecting the cities of Feira de Santana and Xique-Xique, and 85 kilometers of the BA-160 road, in the stretch between Xique-Xique and the ferry crossing point to the municipality of Barra. The project also includes the building of a new bridge over the São Francisco River that will connect the municipalities of Barra and Xique-Xique. The new roads structure will reduce travel times for pedestrians, passenger cars, and commercial vehicles, and make the river crossing—currently done by ferry—and travel between municipalities a lot safer.
The total investment is estimated at around BRL 705 million over the 20-year concession period. Residents of 18 municipalities in the western portion of Bahia State will benefit from the road improvements. This project innovates on the contract model for Road Rehabilitation and Maintenance (CREMA) currently in use in Brazil, as it will convert the existing short-term agreements into a PPP. This will contribute to improving the quality of the rehabilitation and maintenance services provided by private partners, and for a longer period—benefiting both users and the management of the infrastructure by the government.
The public consultation is the initial step in the implementation of the bidding process. The bidding is expected to start in March 2018. “We will hold a public hearing on January 18
to complete the auction bidding notice,” says Marcus Cavalcanti, the Secretary of Infrastructure for the state. “This project will contribute to the region’s development, which is of utmost importance for the state’s economy.”
The project is being designed with the technical support from IFC, in cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Brazilian National Bank for Economic Development (BNDES) through their Private Participation Promotion Program, which aims to support the implementation of infrastructure projects in Brazil.
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