Santo Domingo Metro details proposed subway extensions
Santo Domingo.- The Transport Reform Office (OPRET) on Monday proposed three options to continue the Santo Domingo Metro (subway), each with an of 5-kilometer area on average and could be built by yearend 2016.
One of them spans Francisco del Rosario Sanchez (La 17) bridge to the Mella highway in Santo Domingo East, another from Luperon Av. to the entrance of the subdivision Los Alcarrizos, and a third, from San Martin Av. to the Colonial Zone.
Santo Domingo East mayor Juan de los Santos yesterday asked the Government to start the work to benefit that city, while OPRET awaits president Danilo Medina’s nod to any of the three extensions to Line 2.
The project would require the construction of a bridge across the Ozama River and evictions to clear areas of the slums Gualey and Los Guandules in the National District, evictions in part of Los Mina, Santo Domingo East, and the excavation of around five kilometers of tunnels, with an equal number of stations. Its cost is estimated at RD$7.0 billion.
The tunnel would be excavated under St. Vincente de Paul Av., and reach busy thoroughfares such as Venezuela, Sabana Perdida, Bartolome de Las Casas, to Highway Mella.
The project toward Los Alcarrizos faces slow construction and increased cost from the soft soil along the Duarte highway, but the work would benefit an ever-growing Los Alcarrizos and improve commute from Santo Domingo West.
The Colonial City extension has the advantages of solid ground for construction, a short route and no need of a bridge, though the proposal has the least social impact.
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