Since City Hall announced that it will build an underground tunnel for pedestrians connecting Campo da Pólvora to the Comércio neighborhood, in Salvador, one of the population’s main questions is whether the structure will be safe. This Wednesday (8), the municipal secretary of Infrastructure and Public Works (Seinfra), Luiz Carlos, explained that the equipment will be operated by a concessionaire who will also be responsible for security, and clarified the matter.
“The entire route will have security cameras, a length of 920 meters, with a station in the middle, which will be monitored. In addition, there will be security at stations to support users and intimidate anyone thinking of taking any type of action. The tunnel will have three exits, which makes an escape route difficult, and will have turnstiles,” he explained.
The length will be 920 meters, and the depth will be between 15 and 52 meters, depending on the section. It will take 11 minutes to cover the entire area on foot. The cost of the work is still being finalized and the project will be presented to Mayor Bruno Reis (União Brasil), this Thursday (9). There is no forecast for the start of works.
The stations will have interaction spaces, with areas for cafes, snack bars and a bookstore. On Rua Guindaste dos Padres, where one of the structure’s entrances and exits will be located, there will be a boulevard, furniture, interlocking flooring and LED lighting.
Secretary Luiz Carlos explained that one end of the tunnel will be at the Campo da Pólvora metro station and the other will be in the Comércio neighborhood, close to Ladeira da Montanha. Halfway there will be another station, at Barroquinha.
“The Cidade Baixa station [Rua Guindaste dos Padres, no Comércio] It will have three buildings, two of which already exist and the other is an empty space in which we are going to build, so it will be a very pleasant station. When people disembark, they will have a living space and a meeting point,” she explained.
The Barroquinha station would be built on Rua 12 de Outubro, but the project was not approved by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan) and the stop was relocated to an area next to the street, therefore, businesses will be expropriated and It will be necessary to build an auxiliary tunnel of around 20 meters.
Inside the tunnel there will be moving walkways, similar to those at the airport, to facilitate the movement of people with luggage or mobility difficulties. The Municipality’s expectation is that 3,000 users will use the tunnel per day, and the structure will operate in both directions.
This week, technical teams are visiting the intervention area and traveling on foot to understand the impacts. The construction of the tunnel does not yet have a start date.