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The incredible construction of the bridge and crossing over the Paraná River with more than 21 km long

Written by Bruno Teles
Published 11/06/2024 às 15:25
The incredible construction of the bridge and crossing over the Paraná River with more than 21 km long
The Hélio Serejo Bridge and the Crossing over the Paraná River are engineering and civil construction landmarks that connect the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo. Image: Construction Time/Disclosure

The Hélio Serejo Bridge and the Crossing over the Paraná River are engineering and civil construction landmarks that connect the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo.

To improve connectivity between Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo, Brazil built one of the most impressive engineering works in its history: the Hélio Serejo Bridge. With 2.550 meters long, together with the grounded crossing of BR-267, totaling 12,5 km over the Paraná River, this mega construction is not only a transportation route, but also a symbol of unity and progress.

The Hélio Serejo crossing crosses the majestic Paraná River, connecting the municipalities of Bataguassu (MS) and Presidente Epitácio (SP). The bridge is 2.550 meters long and 12,3 meters wide, with lanes in both directions and side walkways for pedestrians.

During construction, pillars up to 60 meters high were positioned to support the structure and resist the forces of nature.

The landfill, around 10 km long, protects the BR-267 highway from the river level, ensuring a safe connection between the states. The construction of the crossing was motivated by the need for an efficient road connection between Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo.

Previously, crossing the Paraná River was a challenge, being done mainly by ferries and boats, taking two to three hours. With the crossing, the time was reduced to around 10 minutes, offering greater safety and reliability.

Hélio Serejo, a writer and journalist, was the main defender of this work

His determination was fundamental for the project to come to fruition, boosting the economic development of the region and strengthening ties between the Center-West and Southeast of the country. The project, started in 1959 by the company SOTE, involved the use of prestressed concrete, allowing the creation of lighter and more durable structures.

The construction of the concrete beams, weighing up to 300 tonnes, and the 10km embankment were crucial aspects of the project. Advanced engineering techniques ensured the stability and durability of the structure.

Construction was carried out in two stages. The first, completed in 1962, involved the construction of the carriageway towards Bataguassu-Presidente Epitácio. The second stage, completed in 1964, completed the embankment and the track in the opposite direction.

The crossing brought numerous economic and social benefits to Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo

It facilitated the flow of agricultural and industrial production, attracted new investments and improved the quality of life of the local population, providing access easier access to essential services.

The construction of the crossing over the Paraná River is a testimony to the engineering and determination of the Brazilian people. More than a concrete and steel infrastructure, it symbolizes the power of transformation and the importance of investing in infrastructure for a better future for all Brazilians.

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