The “Rodovia do Século” (“The Highway of the Century”) – the first one built by DERSA –, continues to be considered a landmark in Brazil’s road infrastructure projects.
Planned to serve as an export corridor between Latin America’s largest industrial complex and largest port, the Imigrantes Highway (SP-160) is the main access between the city of São Paulo and Baixada Santista (Santos Lowlands) and the state’s South Coast.
A pioneering project in the Brazilian civil construction industry, the highway, opened in 1976, is part of the Sistema Anchieta-Imigrantes (Anchieta-Imigrantes System), road complex that also includes the Anchieta, Padre Manoel da Nóbrega, and Cônego Domenico Rangoni highways.
With its construction, DERSA has gained expertise in planning, designing and implementing highways with modern and efficient layouts. The ascending lane stretches over 17.8 kilometers, less than 6 kilometers of which corresponding to the initial hill section. The highway has 11 tunnels – with a total length of 3,919 meters, and 20 overpasses, with a total length of 8,090 meters. The highway has three lanes and the speed limit is 110 kilometers/hour.