Samana highway ‘shadow toll’ takes US$175.5M in just 4 years
Santo Domingo.- On widespread concern over the “onerous” contract to manage the Santo Domingo-Samana Highway (Northeast), Public Works minister Gonzalo Castillo says the road should be under government control.
“We have to negotiate with the contractor to pass control to the government through the RD-Vial program and lower the cost of current tolls,” the official said.
Castillo said the formula would rid the country of having to pay the subsidy known as the “shadow toll,” to the contractor Autopistas del Nordeste, C. A., as the result of the road’s lower-than-expected traffic flow.
He said the subsidy has cost the country RD$7.9 billion (US$175.5 million) in just four years, “which exceeds the cost of building the 106-kilometer highway.”
And although the road cuts the travel time between Santo Domingo and Samana, it has the country’s highest tolls at more than RD$800 roundtrip.
July 6, 2015
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