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Dominican Republic ready for cement roads

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s cement factories grouped in ADOCEM on Wednesday said it’s high time the country builds new roads and repairs its old ones using concrete, citing benefits ranging from lower coast to heightened safety, and the fact that the Caribbean nation is now the “hemisphere’s leading cement producer per capita,” with the lowest prices to consumers as a result.

ADOCEM president Carlos E. González listed the advantages of using concrete to build roads, including a 30-year lifespan compared with asphalt’s 3 to 5 years; improved visibility for motorists and construction time, among others.

He said from a mere few thousand square meters of road surface using concrete built just five years ago, today the material boasts as much as 150,000 square meters, and projects up to half-a-million square meters during the next few years.

He called on the private sector and communities to learn about the advantages of roads built with cement and “start a push from below, while calling for actions from above,” to ensure a wider use of cement in roads and other infrastructure.

Cement road at tourism region

Speaking to editors, opinion makers and business leaders at Marea restaurant in the Capital, the also president of Cemex Dominicana revealed that his company won the call for tenders to build the Luperon-Puerto Plata road using cement, “the first of its kind to be built in the country in the last 40 years.”

The road’s span of 28 kilometers will link the Atlantic coast towns which are part of the country’s first tourism region.

Gonzalez said ADOCEM’s members (Argos, Cementos Cibao, Domicen and Cemex) have built various types of infrastructure including new road spans across the country, to showcase the advantages of concrete structures.

He added that now it’s up to the government to take advantage of cement in major projects such as low cost housing and road works.

Cement makers and sustainable development

ADOCEM executive director Julissa Baez announced that from now on the organization’s efforts will be more focused on sustainable development, as a way to consolidate the industry’s social responsibility with the communities where the operate. “Throughout the next few years you will be able to observe how we evolve as an organization whose key goal is sustainable development as the key factor for the Dominican Republic to forge onward.”

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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