The State of Pará has a road network of 11,745 km, out of which only 33.7% is currently paved. This challenge is hampering the state’s internal and external connectivity, affecting its capacity to export its production, and limiting the development and economic integration of its municipalities. These unpaved roads have high accident rates, and in some sections, speed is limited to between 10 to 20 km/h, resulting in long travel time. Major challenges currently faced by the state’s road network are inadequate road infrastructure, poor road conditions, lack of pavement, and concerning road safety. Development of the road infrastructure has become a priority for the State of Pará, which is consistent with the state’s goal to facilitate growth. To address the issue, the Government of Pará has developed the Regional Development and Integration Project (PRODEIR) to promote the economic and social development of the State and reduce intra-regional inequalities. In alignment with Government of Pará’s goal, the PARA II Project, the second sovereign loan from NDB to the State of Pará, is proposed to support the development of the state’s road infrastructure.
The objective of the Project is to improve the State of Pará’s connectivity and to promote regional development by rehabilitating existing unpaved roads.
The Para II Project includes subprojects in five regions for a total of 472 km road pavements, as described below:
1) Tocantins Region (Road PA-407): 17 km of road pavement between the Maiauatá village and PA-151.
2) Rio Capim Region (Road PA-256): 151 km of road pavement in three different sections and upgrade of 18 small bridges.
3) Xingu Region (Roads PA-370 and TransUruará): 145 km of road pavement distributed in four different sections and upgrade of two bridges.
4) Rio Caeté Region (Road PA-448): 27 km of road pavement
5) Baixo Amazonas Region (Roads PA-427, PA-423, PA-254, PA-439, PA-437): 132 km of road pavement in five different sections, and upgrade of 11 bridges.
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