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Santo Domingo.- The Government plans to tender the Cibao (north)-South Highway in March and start construction in June, to make sure it will be finished and open to traffic before Aug. 16, 2016.

Public Works minister Gonzalo Castillo said the tender has been delayed because technicians have not yet to submit the final report on all options for the route. "We’ve decided to definitively hold the bidding for March and want to break ground in June."

The official, interviewed on Sunday about the controversial highway’s course, said once groundbreaking is held, work will take place on all fronts to finish it within 24 months.

Castillo noted that president Danilo Medina himself has said he won’t start any project he cannot finish.

He said some of the existing roads will have to be rebuilt, citing the Santiago-San Jose de las Matas highway. "There's a span from San Juan de la Maguana (west) to the dam (Sabana Yegua) that’ll will be rebuilt, because there’s a swath, but there are some sections that we call green, because they aren’t even trails."

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4 comment(s)
Written by: BASTA, 24 Feb 2014 12:09 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Medina himself has said he won’t start any project he cannot finish.==Bull he can not even remove any of leoneies cronies. So he just adds to the Gov. payroll with favors, friends and family. Another Dominican loser!
Written by: Johny, 24 Feb 2014 2:10 PM
From: United States, European Union, Dominican Republic -
Mr. President, how about hwy 44 to Barahona and beyond? Lost city?
Written by: Atabey, 24 Feb 2014 2:16 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

Just get it Done!

A tunnel is said to cost 400 million dollars, so it's NOT likely to be considered.

Cibao-Sur by 2016 sounds very good.

Written by: Radar, 24 Feb 2014 6:08 PM
From: United States, Aspen Hill, Maryland.

I sure hope they don't rush into this just to have it done by 2016. There is much to be considered in terms of environmental impact, possible shortcuts with existing roads, and minimum encroachment into pristine lands.
Let's no go crazy here and do a good, economical, sensible job, hear?
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