DERSA in photos
DERSA was founded in 1969, initially to build a highway to link the city of São Paulo and Baixada Santista (“Santos Lowlands”). The construction of Rodovia dos Imigrantes (Imigrantes Highway), which overcomes an 800-meter slope between São Paulo plateau and the coastal region, marked the start of the Company’s successful trajectory and was recognized as a forward-thinking case in the Brazilian civil construction industry.
Based on the quality and safety applied to the first project implemented by DERSA, the São Paulo State Government selected the Company to build a new connection between the cities of São Paulo and Campinas: Rodovia dos Bandeirantes (Bandeirantes Highway), which ranks 1st in the list of the country’s best highways, according to a survey conducted by Confederação Nacional dos Transportes - CNT (National Confederation of Transport) about Highways (2015).
With excellent results, other projects were carried out by DERSA, among which the Ponte do Mar Pequeno (1982); the first section of Rodovia dos Trabalhadores (Trabalhadores Highway – currently Rodovia Ayrton Senna [Ayrton Senna Highway]) – 1982; the Rodovia Hélio Smidt (Hélio Smidt Highway) – 1985; and the Rodovia Santos Dumont (Santos Dumont Highway) – Campinas / Sorocaba Connection (1985).
In 1989, the Company started to build and operate all intermodal freight terminals under the jurisdiction of São Paulo State Government, in addition to becoming responsible for managing Porto de São Sebastião (Port of São Sebastião) and the Travessias Litorâneas (Ferry Crossings). A year later, DERSA built the Rodovia Carvalho Pinto (Carvalho Pinto Highway), facilitating the access to the cities in the northern coast of the State and in the region of Vale do Paraíba. The opening of the Carvalho Pinto Highway and the Ayrton Senna Highway made the first system fully implemented by DERSA feasible: the Ayrton Senna-Carvalho Pinto System.
DERSA was also responsible for widening Rodovia Dom Pedro I (Dom Pedro I Highway - 1990), for implementing the Anel Viário de Campinas (Campinas Beltway - 2001), the Jacu Pêssego Avenue (2012), the Nova Marginal Tietê (New Tietê Marginal Highway - 2010), the Complexo Viário Polo Itaquera (Polo Itaquera Road System - 2014), the Estrada Parque Várzea do Tietê (Parque Várzea do Tietê Road - 2011) and for widening the Plateau Section of the NovaTamoios Highway (2014).
In 1998, the Company became responsible for designing and implementing the Rodoanel Mario Covas (Mario Covas Beltway). With approximately 180 kilometers in length, the project will connect the São Paulo metropolitan area to all highways arriving and leaving the capital city to divert vehicles in transit from the urban area. Opened in 2002, the first section – the Western Section –, with 32 kilometers, crosses the Anhanguera, Bandeirantes, Castelo Branco, Raposo Tavares and Régis Bittencourt highways. The Southern Section, with 61.4 kilometers – 57 kilometer in the Mario Covas Beltway and 4.4 kilometers corresponding to the access to the city of Mauá – joins the Western Section, opened in 2010, and provides access to Anchieta and Imigrantes Highways. The only section in operation not implemented by DERSA, the Eastern Section, covers 43 kilometers and starts in the connection with the South Section, in the exit of Papa João XXIII Avenue, city of Mauá, and ends in the Presidente Dutra Highway (BR-116), city of Arujá, connecting the SP-66, SP-70 and BR-116 highways. Completing the Mario Covas Beltway, the Northern Section, under construction, will have over 44 kilometers in length and connect São Paulo, Arujá and Guarulhos, including an exclusive 3.6-kilometer connection to the Guarulhos International Airport.