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For the diesel multiple unit that operated in the United Kingdom, see British Rail Class 101.

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BR-101 Transcoastal Highway
Governador Mário Covas Highway
Route information
Length2,894.35 mi[1] (4,658.00 km)
Existed1957 (Curitiba - Florianópolis segment)
1950s (Florianópolis - Torres segment)
década de 1960/70 (Torres - Parnamirim segment)
1980s (Rodovia Rio-Santos)
1950s/1960s (Rio de Janeiro - Salvador segment)
1988(divided highway on the Curitiba - Florianópolis segment)
2009 (divided highway on the Florianópolis - Osório segment)
1958 (Salvador - Touros segment)
2002 (divided highway on the Salvador - Touros segment)–present
Major junctions
North endRN-023 in Touros, Rio Grande do Norte
 BR-226.svg BR-226 in Natal, RN
BR-230.svg BR-230 in João Pessoa, PB
BR-232 in Recife, PE
BR-235 in Aracaju, SE
BR-324 in Feira de Santana, BA
BR 415 in Itabuna, BA
BR-367 in Eunápolis, BA
BR-381.svg BR-381 in São Mateus, ES
BR-116 RJ.svg BR-116 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ
BR-465 RJ.svg BR-465 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ
BR-459 in Paraty, RJ
BR-050.svg BR-050 in Santos, SP
BR-280 in Joinville, SC
BR-470 in Navegantes, SC
BR-282 in São José, SC
BR-453.png BR-453 in Torres, RS
BR-290.png BR-290 in Osório, RS.
South endSão José do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul
Highway system
Highways in Brazil

The BR-101 (also called Translitorânea (transcoastal), officially named Rodovia Governador Mário Covas.[2] and nicknamed Briói in some regions[3]) is a longitudinal highway of Brazil. It is the longest in the country with a length of nearly 4,800 km (3,000 mi), and it is considered the second most important.[citation needed]

It crosses 12 Brazilian states: Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. It also connects more state capitals than any other "rodovia" (highway) in the country. In total, 12 capitals are directly connected by BR-101.

Its northern terminus is located in the city of Touros-RN and its southern terminus is located in São José do Norte-RS.

It follows virtually the entire east coast of Brazil from Rio Grande do Norte to Rio Grande do Sul. The highway has not been built between two stretches between Peruíbe (SP) and Iguape (SP), and between Cananéia (SP) and Garuva (SC).

It is a major Brazilian highway and part of the Pan-American Highway[citation needed].

Between Curitiba and Garuva (SC), the highway was replaced by the BR 101 / BR 376 and was widened by the Paraná government, not by the federal government.

The northern section between Curitiba and the border with São Paulo was not built in order to preserve an area of the Atlantic Forest.

The Rio-Niterói Bridge is part of the BR-101.


In 1973 the first stretch was widened between Rio de Janeiro-RJ and Cubatão-SP. In the 1980s the stretch between Cubatão-SP and Curitiba-PR was widened. In the 1990s the 312 km stretch between Curitiba-PR and Florianópolis-SC has been widened. The 404 km stretch between Natal-RN and Palmares-PE was also widened.

The 350 km stretch that connects Florianópolis to Porto AlegreRS from Palhoça (SC) to Osorio (RS) is being widened.

The works on widening the road between Palmares-PE and Porto Real do Colégio-AL has already started. The work in a 10 km stretch in Joaquim Gomes is halted due to the lack of licenses to wide the road inside the area which belongs to the Uassu-Cocal Indian tribe.[4]

One of the next sections to be widened soon is the stretch between Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BR-116 length between major junctions". Ministério dos Transportes do Brasil. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  2. ^ [1], Lei nº 10.292/01 - Rodovia Governador Mário Covas
  3. ^
  4. ^ Mais um Carnaval sem previsão para a duplicação da BR-101 (In portuguese) Agenda TNH [2]