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San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic.- President Danilo Medina has reportedly pledged to announce in the next few days the start of construction on the controversial cross-mountain highway to link San Juan in the south with Santiago in the north at a cost of US$200.0 million.

The commissions from the South and North regions headed by San Juan Diocese bishop Jose Dolores Grullon provided the information after a meeting of less than an hour with Medina in the National Palacio last week, and said the President revealed that six companies take part in the call for tenders to build the 160 kilometer road, with 26.6 km each.

According to outlet, three companies would begin in Santiago and the other three from San Juan, “because the President is interested in opening the work even if it’s just 24 hours prior to the end of his term on August 16, 2016.”

The road would span San Juan, Juan de Herrera and Sabaneta south of the Central Mountain Range, and San Jose de las Matas and Santiago on the northern slope.

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Written by: zooma, 30 Jun 2014 7:45 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic
“because the President is interested in opening the work even if it’s just 24 hours prior to the end of his term on August 16, 2016.”

....because there are rewards to his administration if the work begins during his term.

Written by: Johny, 30 Jun 2014 8:10 AM
From: United States, European Union, Dominican Republic -

Highways are needed. Yes, do it. All around the country. It is time to rebuild south-west highway 44 as well.
Written by: Radar, 30 Jun 2014 10:11 AM
From: United States, Aspen Hill, Maryland.

Certainly hope all the "controversial" concerns have been addressed, if this is what's been referred to here. According to some newspaper reports, there were several route proposals which crossed sensitive areas where rivers run in virgin forests.
Another concern was the migration of squatters to protected areas. This, I think, is a major worry because of the danger of people cutting down threes indiscriminately.
Let's hope the EPA of this country keeps an eye open for this potentially devastating danger.

If done well, with minimum encroachment into forests, this is a great project which will eliminate lots of traffic into or near SD. It will also cut distance between two points thus saving time, money and fuel. Lets hope it gets built on time, on budget, and of the highest quality.
Written by: riosm, 30 Jun 2014 11:31 AM
From: United States
What about fixing the old roads first.
Written by: Danilo This user is banned, 30 Jun 2014 4:10 PM
From: Dominican Republic, SDQ --- VIGILADOR.COM (Beta) - Vigilando nuestra Quisqueya
"What about fixing the old roads first."

You can't cut ribbons for old roads!
Written by: 1usadominican, 30 Jun 2014 5:26 PM
From: United States, washington dc
Que pasooooo con los barrios pobres y oyos por todas parte lleno de Agua sucias criandos mosquitos es mas facil y ahorran money.
Written by: jjtarqad, 1 Jul 2014 9:12 PM
From: Dominican Republic
A road crossing the central mountains national parks when there are other options should be seen as destructive and not conducive to the development of the country, a crime against our environment that will be regretted for a long time by future generations.
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