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More than 57% of Brazil’s highways need repair

Staff writer |
More than 57 percent of federal roads in Brazil show deficiencies ranging from lack of proper signage and poor pavement to structural flaws, the CNT transport industry association said in a report.

Evaluating 100,000 kilometers (61,125 miles) of roadways, the CNT found 6.3 percent in a “dismal” state and another 16.1 percent in bad condition.

Only 42.7 percent of the roads inspected were rated as good or excellent in terms of safety and operating conditions, an improvement from last year’s figure of 37.2 percent.

This marks the first time the CNT has registered two consecutive years of improving road quality since the group began the annual evaluation 19 years ago.

The poor condition of road pavement generated 48.8 billion reais ($12 billion) in losses last year, with a quarter of that total attributable to accidents.

“If all the roads were in good shape we’d save 746 million liters (197 million gallons) of diesel fuel each year, which is equivalent to 2.1 billion reais ($538.5 million),” CNT executive director Bruno Batista said.

He acknowledged that the problem may be due to the government’s lack of funds to invest in roads and said the best solution would be awarding contracts to private companies to operate, maintain and repair highways.

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