Haina to Duarte Highway road now open
President Danilo Medina cut the symbolic ribbon yesterday, Sunday, 22 February 2015 to inaugurate the first phase of the new 17.5km Santo Domingo Bypass leading from Haina in the province of Santo Domingo to the Duarte Highway. This is the first phase of a four-lane highway under construction by Consorcio Compreica-Alba Sanchez that will take traffic from the south, north and west connecting it to the Caucedo Multimodal Port and Las Americas International Airport area in Santo Domingo province by 2016.
Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo said the highway reduces the distance and time taking drivers heading from the southwest to the north of the country because they will no longer need to cross the city of Santo Domingo.
Castillo said that while it used to take an hour-and-a-half to drive from Haina to Km 24 of the Duarte Highway at peak times, this journey could now be completed in 12 minutes, including the stop at the tollbooth. Maximum driving speed is 100 kmh. He stressed the considerable savings in time and costs, and said the highway would pay for itself in less than five years.
He said the highway would benefit workers at the free zones located in Haina, Herrera, Los Alcarrizos and Parque Industrial Duarte in the province of Santo Domingo.
He said that an estimated 13,000 vehicles or more that use Avenida Luperon, Km 9 Duarte Highway, Isabel Aguiar and Prolongacion 27 de Febrero would no longer be crossing the city, easing traffic flow on those city roads.
The highway connects the Haina, El Cajuilito, Monte Adentro, La Pared, Palave, Caballona, Lecheria, Hato Nuevo and Pedro Brand, and will contribute to improving quality of life for local residents.
Construction continues to cater for traffic heading from the southwest and the north to the east. Castillo announced that the government plans to open phase A of the second part of the highway on 30 June 2015 to connect Km 24 of the Duarte Highway with El Higuero, where La Isabela International Airport is located, and Villa Mella. The airport mainly handles domestic flights and short-haul international flights to Aruba and Haiti. The road also will reach the Av. Jacobo Majluta and Villa Mella in northern Santo Domingo. By 30 November, the Ministry of Public Works expects to complete the phase that takes the bypass to La Victoria.
The highway includes the construction of four traffic distributors on Carretera Sanchez, 6 de Noviembre Highway in San Cristobal, Los Alcarrizos and Duarte Highway.
The Ministry also announced the start of the construction of the highway that will connect the first phase of the Santo Domingo bypass with the road that crosses in front of the PIISA Free Zone in Haina.
Source: DR1, Mopc.com.do
February 23, 2015
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