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Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil Invests in Neighborhood Improvements for Manguinhos

Beginning in August, the communities of Manguinhos in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will obtain several new improvements, offering the people a better quality of life. Via Binário, a new street, will serve to relieve Leopoldo Bulhões Avenue. Via Canal, a recreation area, will extend along the Cunha Canal from Leopoldo Bulhões

Favela de Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Beginning in August, the communities of Manguinhos in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will obtain several new improvements, offering the people a better quality of life. Via Binário, a new street, will serve to relieve Leopoldo Bulhões Avenue. Via Canal, a recreation area, will extend along the Cunha Canal from Leopoldo Bulhões to Brazil Avenue. Carried out by the Corporation for Public Works (Emop) -- a part of the Secretary of Works -- the interventions are in the final stage.

The works, which include multi-sport courts and school parking, are part of the Growth Acceleration Program for Manguinhos, a partnership between federal and state governments, costing around R$ 35 million. The works of both Via Binário and Via Canal are now focused on wrapping up.

With three traffic lanes and an extension of around 2 kilometers, Via Binário, which in practice is a duplicate of Leopoldo Bulhões, is now paved, has rainwater drainage, a ciclovia, and areas for recreation. Currently underway are the installation of public lighting and landscaping, such as planting of grass and trees, and painting of the road markings.

The road will carry vehicles going in the direction of Benfica, running alongside the rail line. Leopoldo Bulhões, which currently is two-way, will become one-way towards Bonsucesso. The road will also have a connecting lane to Dom Hélder Câmara Avenue, in the hills of Rio Jacaré. The construction of Rio Binário required the relocation of 975 families and the demolition of the communities of Uranos, Parque João Goulart and Vila União.

Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

For the extension of approximately 900 meters, the 541 families that live between the Cunha Canal and the community of Mandela -- amidst garbage and open sewers, and subject to the spread of diseases -- were relocated by the government of Rio, in partnership with the city, and the properties were demolishedThe area obtained a ciclovia, public lighting, sidewalks, and a children’s park, in addition to maintenance work along the banks of the canal. Operators are now planting grass and trees, and painting the lines for parking spaces.

Residents Enjoy Improvements in the Region

The works in Manguinhos are yet to be complete, but the residents are already enjoying the improvements. For example, Cauã Moraes and Miguel Felipe da Silva are both nine-year-old students at the Maria de Cerqueira and Silva Municipal School. Born and raised in the Mandela community, the friends kick around a ball on recently planted grass.

“Here it was full of trash. Now it is a nice place to play ball. I come every day after classes,” said Cauã.

The governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, along with the national government, has now invested R$ 577.9 million in Manguinhos under the PAC. Since 2008, many works have been constructed, such as the Luiz Carlos da Vila State Writing College, a 24-hour emergency care unit (UPA), a vocational technology center, a library-park, and 1,048 housing units.

New train station in Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Modern Train Station

The rail line was elevated for a stretch of about 2 kilometers and has obtained a modern station with three floors, escalators, and elevators. Below the elevated track, a 28 thousand square-foot “linear park” recreation area was created.

What revitalization projects has your city performed? To what extent do they include transportation related solutions? Share your thoughts and your city’s stories in the comments area below.

Original article, originally published in Portuguese, here.

Credits: Data and images linked to sources.

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Anna Petrone is a transportation engineering masters student at the University of Maryland, with a Bachelor in Math and Economics. Her interests lie in transportation projects located in developing countries, particularly in South America. She took a...

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