New Ocoa mountain road to be completed by December
The new Cruce de Ocoa-Ocoa-Sabana Larga-Rancho Arriba-Juan Adrian-Piedra Blanca road will link Monsenor Nouel, San Jose de Ocoa and Peravia provinces and will be ready by December 2015, as announced by Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo. He said 60% of the 83 km road construction project has been completed, an investment of US$80 million. The government has borrowed from the Brazilian Export Bank (BNDES) to fund the road project that is being executed by the Brazilian firm Odebrecht. The total cost of the 120 km road project is estimated at US$140 million.
Missing is the extension from Rancho Arriba to Sabana Larga passing by Nizao that is estimated to cost US$50 million.
Castillo said that the ministry is also paving the roads of all the communities that the new road connects. He said the project is planting 20 trees for each tree that had to be uprooted to make way for the roads.
Moreso, the new road crosses through the farm areas where 55% of the greenhouse farming of vegetables for export and domestic consumption is produced.
Senator for Monsenor Nouel province, Felix Nova described the work as a major priority for the province. Nova stressed that the project will change the life of 5,000 families, or around 20,000 persons who live along the route. The work also has generated many jobs for locals.
Castillo explained this is the second north-south connection the government has undertaken. The first, due to be completed in February 2016, is the Santo Domingo bypass that connects the west and north with the south and east allowing motorists to avoid having to enter the city of Santo Domingo.
Source: DR1, Liatindiario
June 29, 2015
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