BR-153, which is the busiest highway in Tocantins, had a rupture beginning in the northern region of the state, at km 236, between the cities of Colinas do Tocantins and Nova Olinda. The Federal Highway Police said it sent teams to the scene to assess the situation. DNIT engineers decided to put the road on the ‘stop and go’ system and are expected to take machines to a palliative work on Saturday (1st).
Images of the place show that the shoulder collapsed and took part of the asphalt in one of the directions of the highway. The whole of Tocantins has been facing problems with excessive rainfall and soggy soil for days, and more than 370 people have had to leave their homes at some point because of flooding in rivers. About 80 remain homeless.
Teams are on site controlling traffic — Photo: Disclosure/PRF
The PRF said that while it better assesses the situation, the recommendation is for drivers to pay extra attention. The alternative route to avoid the stretch with problems has a detour of 130 km.
Bypass is approximately 130 kilometers — Photo: Playback/Google Maps
For those traveling north, the detour starts in Colinas do Tocantins, drivers should take the TO-335 towards Bernardo Sayão, then follow the TO-164 to Bandeirantes do Tocantins and then return to the BR-153.
For those heading south, the detour begins 19 kilometers after Nova Olinda, on the TO-164 stretch. Drivers must go first to Bandeirantes do Tocantins, then Bernardo Sayão and then to Colinas do Tocantins on the TO-335 where they can return to the BR-153.