Roads and Highways

Covering a total length of around 37,000 kilometers (23,000 miles), the State of São Paulo’s roads and highways are amongst the most modern and best kept in the country. According to the National Transportation Council (CNT), 83.5% of the principle surfaced roads crossing the State are considered excellent or good (2015).

From the State capital, a radial road system provides access to:

  • The North of the State, Minas Gerais and Brazil's Midwest – Anhanguera-Bandeirantes system;
  • The West of the State and the region of Sorocaba – Raposo Tavares and Presidente Castello Branco Highways;
  • Vale do Paraíba (Paraíba Plains), Northern Coast and Rio de Janeiro – Presidente Dutra and the Ayrton Senna-Carvalho Pinto System Highways;
  • Port of Santos – Anchieta-Imigrantes system.

Linking this set of highways are important transversal roads such as D. Pedro I, connecting Campinas to the Vale do Paraíba, and Santos Dumont, connecting Campinas to the region of Sorocaba.

The State of São Paulo is linked to other regions of the Country through a number of roads, most notably: Presidente Dutra, heading towards Rio de Janeiro; Fernão Dias, heading to the city of Belo Horizonte passing through the southern area of the state of Minas Gerais; and Régis Bittencourt, heading south to Curitiba.

Rodoanel Mário Covas

The Rodoanel Mário Covas is an important logistic infrastructure for the state and country that interconnects a system of highways, diverting traffic from the Metropolitan Area of São Paulo. With an estimated length of 180 km, the Rodoanel provides a link between the state, the rest of the country and the Port of Santos.

With 32 km (20 miles) long, the western section interconnects the highways Régis Bittencourt, Raposo Tavares, Castello Branco, Anhanguera and Bandeirantes. The southern section, nearly 61 km (38 miles) long, adds the Anchieta-Imigrantes system to the Rodoanel, facilitating access to Santos and the Port of Santos. The eastern section is 43 km (27 miles) long and links the highways Presidente Dutra and Ayrton Senna to the Rodoanel. Finally, the north section, which is in construction and will be approximately 44 km (27 miles) long, will pass through São Paulo, Arujá and Guarulhos and will have link with the Guarulhos International Airport.

For further information, visit Dersa – Desenvolvimento Rodoviário S/A.

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