Eying up the World Cup and the Olympics Games in 2016, the Federal Government, along with the State and the City, launched, in June 2009, the project Porto Maravilha, to revitalize and develop the entire port zone. Mauá Square, scene of historical events, has benefited from investments in infrastructure, culture, tourism and leisure. Near the place of departure and arrival of tourists, the square is one of the project’s major focus, receiving interventions on the pavement, public lighting, drainage and tree planting on streets and avenues like Barão de Tefé, Camerino, Venezuela, Rodrigues Alves and Sacadura Cabral, as well as the redevelopment of Conceição Hill.
The project aims to improve life quality of current and future residents, as well as the environmental and socioeconomic sustainability of the area, and covers an area of 5 million square meters, whose limits are the avenues Presidente Vargas, Rodrigues Alves, Rio Branco and Francisco Bicalho. In addition to creating new conditions of working, housing, transportation, leisure and culture for people, it encourages the economic development. The full redevelopment is expected to be finished until 2016, including the introduction of a new quality standard for urban services such as selective waste collection and efficient and economical public lighting.
Porto Maravilha Project also performs actions for the development of local historical heritage. The inauguration of Rio Art Museum (MAR), at Mauá Square, and the construction of Museum of Tomorrow, at Pier Mauá, both in partnership with Roberto Marinho Foundation, will give new life to the harbor entrance.
•Construction of 4 km of tunnels;
•Redevelopment of 70 km of streets and 650,000 m² of sidewalks;
•Reconstruction of 700 km of urban infrastructure networks (water, sewer, drainage);
•Implementation of 17 km of bike paths;
•Planting of 15,000 trees;
•Demolition of Perimetral Highway (4 km);
•Construction of three new sewage treatment stations.