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SANTO DOMINGO. – At a cost of more than RD$763.6 million, President Leonel Fernandez cut the ribbons for four bridges, streets and highways in Puerto Plata province Tuesday, built with funds from the Public Works Ministry.

The bridges cross the rivers Bajabonico, Mango de Yasica, Vuelta Larga in the highway Imbert-Luperón and the Unijica in Villa Isabela; the highways to Villa Isabela (Estero Hondo), Punta Rusia and Ranchito los Vargas-Villa Isabela.

In the community Estrecho y Ranchito de Los Vargas, four kilometers of streets were totally paved and rebuilt, among other works.

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Written by: jhcl2012, 19 Jul 2011 4:39 PM
From: United States, PA - Mas pa'lante, ¡Manos a la obra!
Que mas se puede decir? Na', seguimos pa'lante!

Written by: lovingit, 19 Jul 2011 5:34 PM
From: United States, Delaware
What's that a pedestrian bridge?

Looks wide enough for a few motoconchos and the guy that sells dirt on a horse and carriage.
Written by: juanb, 19 Jul 2011 7:51 PM
From: Dominican Republic

A fitting tribute to LF would be the issuance of LF souvenir scissors.

Hopefully everybody who wants a pair will steal them.
Written by: glomarexplorer, 19 Jul 2011 9:53 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes

Picture does not suggest bridge is adequate for vehicle traffic. Perhaps LF was thinking of burros.

Seems to me RD$763.6 million is a bit too much for this quality of bridges, roads. I suppose lots of money was pocketed, inverted in villas, queridas and yipetas. Somehow, the people have to figure out a way of recovering their money, exposing these people for what they are: liars and thieves.

Written by: DRDarkstar, 20 Jul 2011 8:23 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Having lived in El Estrecho for nearly 2 years, let just say that for this area, its a game changer. The only way to cross before was paying yoleros (guys with rafts). not only did it take a lot of extra time and money, when the river was high, it was outright dangerous.
Written by: Eriliza, 20 Jul 2011 11:08 AM
From: United States, Boston, MA
Perhaps it's the angle of the article photo that makes it seem very small, when in reality it is bigger than what it shows here. I will provide pictures in the forum threads for better view.

And by the way, good for the people in Puerto Plata! It is a big change for them in terms of infrastructure! :)
Written by: JPDTrinity, 20 Jul 2011 2:28 PM
From: Dominican Republic, I dislike all politicians and their afiliated parties... "I simply say it AS IT IS!!"
I still cannot understand how in the hell this bridge is 763.7 mils. It's freaking outragous how much money these thugs are stealing and Mr. good for nothing celebrates by cutting the ribbon. What the hell is wrong with this man? What changed his mind and prospective in life? It looks like he is being puppeted by some dark force called the great WORLD ORDER. You do as we say or get ready to face the consequences!!!
Written by: ElChico, 21 Jul 2011 1:12 PM
From: United States
As I good as I feel about the province of my forebearers getting some much needed Infrastructure investment based on this picture and my general distrust of the Dominican governement I can't help but feel maybe 10% of that money was actually used for infrastructure investment and the rest was misappropiated by corrupt officials.
Written by: DRDarkstar, 23 Jul 2011 8:34 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Worth noting, this bridge took at least 4 years to build.....They would work on it for a week and then leave. ridiculas!
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