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The country’s road grid is ‘5th best’ in the Americas

Santo Domingo.- Public Works minister Gonzalo Castillo on Thursday said the country can boast progress on its road grid over the past 25 years.

He said the Dominican Republic has achieved a high quality and fairly expansive road network during that period, both in the major cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago and on the roads between all provinces as well.

Castillo said the growth placed the Dominican Republic as the fifth country with the best roads throughout the Americas last year. He said the country is expected to reach fourth next year, with the projects started during the last 18 months.

"Among the roads we are finishing figure the Azua Beltway which we expect to conclude by August this year; the Bani Beltway, which is being tendered; the Barahona Beltway, which allows going around Barahona and continue on to the coast at Enriquillo and Pedernales without having to enter the town,” the official said.

“As you know we have already finished the beltways at Santiago, San Pedro and La Romana, and section one and section two of the Santo Domingo Beltway," Castillo said, interviewed on NCDN, channel 37.

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4 comment(s)
Written by: guillermone, 25 Feb 2016 2:28 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum

Yeah, the new roads are nice, but its the old drivers and old roads that get me worried which for years are known to be in seriously bad shape. Its good that new modern roadways are being built, but how about improving the old ones and driver education? What is the point of having newly built wroads or highways, when we know those drivers lack safety and driving education.

However, is there really such a thing as 5th best? And how long will these roads remain up to par? The problem with the DR is service and maintenance. What is the point of having a brand new anything if they are neglected, and nothing is done to keep it up to standards. I guess there are no budget projections for the care of road or to what happens to them years later, after expected and customary wear and tear.

Nevertheless, Is being number 5 good enough?
Its sounds to me more like a nice way of saying I have a failing grade.
Check out the grade scale below:

Written by: Johny, 25 Feb 2016 6:51 PM
From: United States, European Union, Dominican Republic -

Barahona beltway? Any information from which point to which it should go?
Written by: DaveB, 29 Feb 2016 11:34 AM
From: United States
What a pathetic and obvious freaking lie!
Written by: hbzeno, 2 Mar 2016 5:21 PM
From: United States
Uhh!!! Has anyone wondered how many others in the Americas also achieved 5th place? 'he who frames the issue wins on the merit.'
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