Final tunnel cleared in Rio 2016 Transolímpica project
As Rio de Janeiro prepared to celebrate one year to go until the 2016 Olympic Games, the city hailed another major landmark when the final tunnel of the Transolímpica project was cleared on 4 August.
Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, joined Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes and Rio de Janeiro State Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão to watch the final detonation in the tunnel through the Engenho Velho mountain. In all, 350m2 of excavated rock was cleared from the tunnel, which will be reused for the development of the city’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes. The new tunnel will be the fifth longest in Rio de Janeiro.
Nuzman said: “It is exciting to see an area of town that had no development, there was no opportunity for growth, and today we see at the opening of this tunnel a work that will leave an extraordinary legacy.”
The Transolímpica expressway is part of a major public transport development project that will leave a strong legacy to Rio de Janeiro from the Olympic Games. Spanning a total distance of 23 kilometres, Transolímpica will link the city with several competition venues, joining the Athletes’ Village and Olympic Park in the Barra de Tijuca district to the X Park in Deodoro.
The new expressway will pass through two tunnels and have two three-lane carriageways, with one lane an express corridor as part of the BRT system. It will significantly reduce journey times and will be used by an estimated 70,000 passengers and 55,000 vehicles per day.
In all, the city will have four new BRT lines as well as a new metro line as part of the transport legacy from the Games.
Find out more about the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at www.rio2016.com