La Romana bypass to be complete by November, 20th, 2013
With reportedly more than 60% of the La Romana bypass now completed, Odebrecht, the company responsible for the construction have announced that they hope to have the road ready by November 20th.
According to an agreement made by Odebrecht with the Dominican authorities, the new bypass must be completed by December 2013, and in order to meet this deadline the company currently has more than 1,300 workers laboring 24 hours a day, with 2 teams each working 12 hour shifts. If progress continues as planned, Odebrecht has announced that the road will be handed over to the Dominican Ministry of Public Works by November 20th, meaning that the ofiicial inauguration and opening should happen shortly after that.
The team working to lay the asphalt surface is working at a speed of 3 kilometres per day, and by using GPS technology and sensors they are able to ensure a high quality smooth road surface, just like the one we have come to appreciate on the new Autopista de Coral (highway between Casa de Campo/La Romana and Punta Cana – Bavaro).
Over 60% of the road has been surfaced and when fully complete a final layer of 4cm sealant will be applied – an asphalt mixture with polymer additives to ensure that the road lasts at least 20 years.
The La Romana bypass, or in Spanish the “Circunvalación de La Romana”, is expected to reduce travel time between La Romana and Santo Domingo to just 1 hour, so as far as we are concerned – it can’t open soon enough! This significantly shorter travel time promises to boast local tourism to the La Romana – Bayahibe area, as well as to the Punta Cana – Bavaro area, which is now just a 45 minute drive from Casa de Campo / La Romana, meaning that once the La Romana bypass is complete the journey between the capital Santo Domingo and Punta Cana should take less than 2 hours.
The new La Romana Bypass will join the El Coral highway between La Romana and Punta Cana directly to the highway to Santo Domingo, with the La Romana junction located literally right outside the main gates of Casa de Campo. And soon after that – when Casa de Campo’s “second main gate” opens – there will be a junction directly off the highway and into Casa de Campo.
The bypass itself will be 14km long, 22 meters wide and will have 4 lanes of traffic so bottlenecks will be minimal and thankfully traffic should flow easily.
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