Brazil’s Bahia state is seeking R$7bn ($3.89bn) to carry out a public-private partnership (PPP) project to build a bridge between state capital Salvador and Itaparica island.

The swing bridge project will span 11.7km and be 27m wide, with six lanes and two shoulders including a 160m movable segment.

There are also plan to create a 25m deep navigation channel under the bridge, which will offer 70m clearance for ships to pass under.

Tenders for the project will be floated in 2014.

The bridge forms part of the road improvement programme in Salvador carried out by the Bahia state.

The project also includes the integration of federal highway BR-324 with federal highways BR-101, 242 and 116, as well as state highway BR-001 in the Todos os Santos bay area and BR-001. Work will also include the building of the Funil Bridge.

The project’s basic plan has been developed by a consortium comprising of OAS, Camargo Corrêa and Odebrecht Transport, according to