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Parana govt, highway concessionaires to discuss road expansion obligations (Parana)
Brazil's Parana state government will request that highway concessionaires carry out road expansion projects as stipulated in their contracts, according to state transport secretary Mario Stamm.


"The state can no longer cope with the bottlenecks occurring on single-lane stretches between the municipalities of Medianeira and Cascavel and the municipalities of Ponta Grossa and Apucarana," Stamm was quoted as saying in a street government release.


The transportation department will meet with national highway concessionaires association ABCR, state attorney general Marco Antonio Berberi and other government officials in state capital Curitiba in September.


The government will present a proposal for reshaping the highway toll system, including a reduction in tariffs, the transport secretary said.


Also under review is the internal rate of return (IRR) of the state's highway concessions. While the IRR was 20% when most of the concession contracts were signed, it has decreased to 9%, the release said.


Concessionaires are responsible for 2,035km of highways in Parana. For a map of the state's highway concessions, go to this link

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