The Porto Novo Concessionaire carries out work on the new roadway network to be set up in the Port area. Two new roads will replace the Perimetral Viaduct, which will be dismantled, and the current Avenida Rodrigues Alves will be transformed into an Expressway. Thus, besides improving traffic organization and restructuring, the new system will boost the local traffic flow capacity by 27%.

Parallel to this project, the following are also being implemented: the foundations for the Light Rail Vehicle (VLT), a modern mass transit system with capacity of transporting up to 9 thousand passengers per hour, and which will be integrated to the single ticket system, linking trains, subways, bus stations, BRTs, ferries and airports; new and improved sidewalks for pedestrians; and 17 miles of a bicycle paths, which, along with the road system, will mean a new concept of urban mobility. Additionally, the streets in the area will be refurbished, with new urban facilities and the aerial street wiring will be replaced by underground cables.

The Port area, having been abandoned during a long period, will be one of the areas featuring the best infrastructure and urban services.







The Port Binário Roadway

Will have an extension of 3.5 km and run parallel to the Avenida Rodrigues Alves. Within the new roadway network of the Port area, it performs the important task of distributing traffic around the city center and among the districts of Santo Cristo, Saúde and Gamboa. It will link the Rua Primeiro de Março to the access ramps of the Gasometer with two roads and three lanes in each direction. Taking advantage of the old rail system that crossed the warehouse area, it will connect Rua Ecuador and Rua General Luis Mendes de Morais, as well as the Venezuela and Barão de Tefé Avenues.

Via Binario´s Tunnels

Inaugurated on March 1, the Tunnel Rio 450 was named in honor of the city’s anniversary. The one-way, 1,480-meter long tunnel connecting Centro to Caju has a traffic capacity of 55,000 vehicles/day. A second tunnel in Via Binary (Tunnel Nina Maria de Carvalho Elias Rabha), which goes under the Saúde Hill, is already operational. The 80-meter long tunnel has two three-lane roads and a central lane for the Light Rail Vehicle (LRV).

Tunnels VLT

The foundations for the construction of the Binário tunnels, featuring three lanes in only one direction, are being laid down at Mauá Square and at Rua Primeiro de Março and Rua Antonio Lage. This route will feature a second tunnel, Túnel da Saúde, with an extension of 80 meters, and two roads with three lanes each and with a center road for the passage of the Light Rail Vehicle (VLT). The construction of the access ramps, which are located behind the bus station, will form the connection between the Port and the Gasometer viaduct.

The Light Rail Vehicle (VLT), a modern and comfortable mass transit system with the capacity to transport up to 9 thousand passengers per hour and integrated into the single ticket system, will be installed in the location of the new promenade, occupying part of the current Avenida Rodrigues Alves. The  Light Rail Vehicle (VLT), will extend throughout the Port area and Rio´s center, connecting trains, subway, bus station, ferry and airports, BRT, thus forming the mass transit network  in the Port area with its 42 stations. The already existing Federal Railroad Network tunnel, which passes under the Morro da Providência, is complete and has been totally refurbished and extended, thus reopening a 314-meter track for the passage of the VLT.

In addition to the VLT foundations, the Porto Novo concessionaire is constructing a 61 thousand square meter area of public promenade, a large area that integrates cultural facilities and new ventures at Avenida Rodrigues Alves, between Praça Mauá and Armazém 8, thus improving  all the  sidewalk areas and improving the circulation of pedestrians, as well as creating 17 miles of bicycle paths.


The expressway, which will replace the current Avenida Rodrigues Alves, features two parallel tunnels with three lanes in each direction, towards Avenida Brasil and the Santos Dumont Airport. The underground accesses to the Expressway will link the “Mergulhão“ (subpassage) of the Praça XV up to the level of Warehouse 8, with leads onto the Avenida Rodrigues Alves. The tunnel of the Expressway will allow for the construction of a tree-lined promenade with an area of 61 thousand square meters, open only to light vehicles on rails, pedestrians and cyclists.

The extension of the expressway – 6.847 m – includes the following tracks: the surface track from the Novo Rio bus station to the Rivadavia Correa street; the track running along an open-air trench (VCA) and cut and cover track up to the Silvino Montenegro street; tunnel track to the Barão de Ladário Square/Poço Marinha; cut and cover track up to the exit of the existing sub-passage on Praça XV; and the VCA track up to the 3º COMAR.

The extension of the expressway tunnel – 3.022 m – includes the following tracks: cut and cover track up to the Silvino Montenegro street; tunnel track up to the Baron de Barão de Ladário Square/Poço Marinha; and the cut and cover track up to the exit of the existing sub-passage on Praça XV.

Demolition of the Perimetral

The Perimeter will be replaced by a set of road and public transport solutions such as the VLT, plus new areas for pedestrians and cycle paths. The road solutions will absorb the flow of vehicles currently transiting on the viaduct. The new road network will consist of two major routes which will boost traffic flow by 27%: The Port´s Binário track, replacing the Avenida Rodrigues Alves, and which will feature three tracks per direction and multiple exits for the internal distribution of the traffic flow; and the expressway, which will feature two parallel tunnels with lanes leading towards Avenida Brasil and the Santos Dumont Airport, thus presenting an alternative solution for drivers who only use the area for passage.


The concessionaire Porto Novo is performing the urban infrastructure works in the streets of the Port area in order to deploy new water, sanitation, drainage, energy, natural gas, telecommunications and lighting networks. Porto Novo will implement the entire underground network with 122 kms of potable water networks; 36.5 kms of drainage networks and 11 kms of drainage galleries; 84 km of sewage networks; and 26 km of gas networks and ducts for the cabling of the optical fiber network.


The drainage works, which are already underway, will extend the rainwater run-off capacity, increasing the number of water outlets to the Guanabara Bay from three to nine. The current galleries, with a diameter of 80 cm, will be replaced by new galleries, eleven times wider: from a diameter of 80cm, they will measure 3.20m by 1.80m. In addition to the separation of the sewage and drainage networks, three dry weather stations will be built (Rios Maracanã, Comprido and Papa Couve), which will contribute directly to the quality of the waters of the rivers which flow into the Mangue Canal and support the de-pollution of the Guanabara Bay.


The Museum of Tomorrow, designed by the renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, represents one of the anchors of the refurbishment project of the Port area. The building will feature an area of 15 thousand square meters, and its architecture will be in tune with the theme of sustainability. The project provides for the use of local natural resources such as water from the Guanabara Bay, which will be deployed to lower the temperature of the Museum´s interior and will be filtered in the trench of water surrounding the building. Also planned is the capture of solar energy, among other actions, as well as the pursuit of the LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, in Portuguese), granted by the Green Building Council (USGBC). The seal is awarded to new designs or existing buildings that meet a list of requirements, present in all projects and stages of the works. The project will include the creation of a large green area, with landscape design by Santiago Calatrava and developed by the carioca agency Burle Marx and Co., on the seafront. With an area of approximately 30 thousand square meters, the Park features a recreational area and cycle paths, and will include the museum building, thus democratizing the access to one of the city´s most beautiful and historical landscapes, with the Morro da Conceição and the São Bento monastery in the background.


The Pinto Hill reservoir, located in the port area, was built with the aim of supplying the area of 5 million square meters, included in the Urban Operation. It has the capacity to store 15 thousand cubic meters of water.


The pipeline is being built to connect the Pedregulho Reservoir, in the neighborhood of São Cristóvão, to the reservoir of the Morro do Pinto, in the Port area. The procedure will be performed with the aim of improving the supply of water to the residents.