Viaduct is in danger of collapse and SP operation enters the emergency regime – 16.11.2018 – Daily life

Bruno Covas's leadership (PSDB) identified the danger of the collapse of the Pinheiros highway overpass, which was set to dawn on Thursday, and in an aggravating situation announced an unprecedented emergency city plan that had already foreseen the possibility of a failure to continue for several months.

The edge of Pinheiros is the second busiest highway in the capital, with 450,000 vehicles a day in both directions.

At the beginning of this Friday (16) there were two points of the viaduct. "There is an opportunity to destroy, it is now, the moment is now critical," said Vitor Aly, Secretary of Urban Infrastructure.

During the day, the structure settled down, but Aly would be "frivolous" to create false expectations and set a deadline for solving the problem.

Mayor Covas said that it is not possible to determine how to repair the structure of the viaduct – the causes of persistence have not yet been known.

Emergency measures adopted in transit include the extension of blockings to marginal, partial interruption of train movements and change of rotation rules.

Transport Secretary João Octaviano Neto admitted the saturation trend in the neighborhood along Marginal Pinheiros – the situation is particularly worried after a vacation.

The city council has decided to ban 20 kilometers from the highway of Pinheiros, in the direction of Castello Branco, between the bridges of Transamerica and Jaguaré (near the place where the viaduct broke), on the grounds that the ban on the short section causes "On Thursday only 3 km.

CET announced Wednesday (21) the suspension of rotation of vehicles in this segment and the direction of the periphery of Pinheiros for an indefinite period – because of the holiday, the restriction would be suspended until Tuesday (20).

Another measure was the interruption of trains between two stations of the 9-emerald line CPTM (Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos). So the line that is next to the edge of Pinheiros and connects the southern end of the capital Osasco was separated in two.

Train traffic had to be paralyzed between Pinheiros and Ceasa stations, as the damaged marginal viaduct passes through the railway section in this section.

It fears that the decline in train passage may endanger the structure of the viaduct, which exacerbates the risk of a complete collapse of the elevated road.

The 9-emerald line is the second busiest of the CPTM with approximately 600,000 passengers on a working day and links to two metro lines and another one to the CPTM.

This Friday, CPTM passengers had to come to Ceasa or Pinheiros stations and take a free Paes emergency bus to follow. Long passenger lines were formed and buses were filled with stations.

There is no time to release the train line, but Covas management says it will be a priority. "We are trying to minimize the inconvenience of the São Paulo people, which is supposed to ensure urban transport safety," Aly said.

How to close the highway on the outskirts of Pinheiros and the location of multiple buses in order to ensure a shortage of CPTM trains will significantly affect traffic in Sao Paulo.

The most affected areas in the area should be the Western Zone Road, between Pinheiros and the center.

The special regime will drive traffic in the streets of Faria Lima, Pedroso de Morais, Professor Fonseca Rodrigues and Dr. Gastão Vidigal. These routes will serve as an alternative to banning the marginal.

Another problem will be the return to the capital city of São Paulo drivers who spent the holiday of the Republic and who have to spend a holiday of the Black Consciousness on Tuesday (20) outside the city.

CET directs drivers from the Anchieta, Imigrantes and Régis Bittencourt motorways to reach the Rodoanel and Castello Branco motorways until they reach the edge of Tietê. Other options for those coming from the coast are the State Routes and Salim Farah Maluf.

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