Built over forty years ago, the road connects the states of Roraima and Amazonas to the rest of the country. The lack of maintenance on the road during this time has made traffic unfeasible. Now, politicians from the northern region and representatives of the federal government are engaged in a heated debate over the recovery of the BR-319. Parliamentarians and governors from the states where the road crosses are demanding that Ibama, the agency responsible for environmental licences, resolve the impasse. The Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources says that feasibility studies are needed for the works, and above all for the preservation of the forest. An analysis of the impacts that could occur with the rehabilitation of the motorway. Inaugurated in 1976, the road was completely paved, guaranteeing traffic and the journey time from Manaus to Porto Velho was estimated at 12 hours. Due to lack of maintenance, it was closed in 1988 and reopened sporadically.
Fuente: Agencia Amazon