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Route information
Length: 2,864.65 mi[1] (4,610.21 km)
Existed: 1951 (Rio-São Paulo)
1948 (Rio-Fortaleza)
1967-1977 (divided highways of Rodovia Presidente Dutra and Rodovia Régis Bittencourt) – present
Major junctions
North end: Fortaleza, Ceará
  CE-356 in Russas, CE
BR-404 in Icó, CE
BR-232 in Salgueiro, PE
BR-324 in Feira de Santana, BA
BA-262 in Vitória da Conquista, BA
BR-259 in Governador Valadares, MG
BR-495 in Teresópolis, RJ
BR-101 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ
SP-015.svg SP-015 in São Paulo, SP
BR-277 in Curitiba, PR
BR-280 in Mafra, SC
BR-282 in Lages, SC
BR-453.png BR-453 in Caxias do Sul, RS
BR-290.png BR-290 in Porto Alegre, RS
BR-392-rs.png BR-392 in Pelotas, RS
South end: Jaguarão, Rio Grande do Sul
Highway system
Highways in Brazil

BR-116 is a federal highway of Brazil.[2] One of the most important highways in Brazil and one of its longest, the 4,385 kilometres (2,725 mi) road connects Fortaleza to Jaguarão.

Route description[edit]

BR-116 runs in a north-south way, near, but not on Brazil's coastline. It is the major Brazilian highway, and it is the second longest of the country. Numerous stretches of the long path taken by the BR-116 have other official names.

The highway is especially busy along the Joinville-Curitiba-São Paulo-Rio de Janeiro section. The Curitiba-São Paulo section of the highway is known as Rodovia Régis Bittencourt, nicknamed "Rodovia da Morte" (Highway of death), due to its many accidents caused by the unstable weather conditions of the region. The São Paulo-Rio de Janeiro section is named Rodovia Presidente Dutra, and it is the busiest section of the highway, running into or near of 15 cities with more than 200.000 inhabitants.

Cities where the BR-116 runs or passes by: Fortaleza, Salgueiro, Feira de Santana, Vitória da Conquista, Teófilo Otoni, Governador Valadares, Rio de Janeiro, Volta Redonda, São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Curitiba, Lages, Canoas, Porto Alegre


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. ^ "BR-116". Ministry of Transport. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.