View of Linha Vermelha highway from “Ponte do Saber”, on the way out from Ilha do Fundão.
Protected waters of Guanabara Bay, no waves at all make the surface look like a giant mirror reflecting the moody sky above.
Linha Vermelha is the main highway connecting Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG / Galeão) with Downtown and Zona Sul neighborhoods. It is the main route for international tourists arriving in Rio (lanes on the left) and leaving Rio (lanes on the right).
Midafternoon, sun getting ready to go down behind Favela da Maré and heavy traffic (as usual) struggling to move at a pre-rush hour right by the side of a swampy land, of stagnant water infected with dejects/ sewage.
Swampy areas generally smell even when they are clean – but this one smells more due to the sewage.
Can you notice there is a wall separating (hiding) the favela from the highway?
In 2010 the local government started the installation of 3 meters high panels, called acoustic barriers. According to them, these panels were put there to provide local population with better acoustic comfort (were they really really?).
As far as segregation goes, the other reason given by the government on that time was for improving road safety and to reduce robbery (arrastões). By installing the barriers they were also trying to make it harder for people to enter the road (to sell goods, catch kites, etc).
Photo taken on 25/May/2016.