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Estrella calls for review of Santo Domingo-Samana toll booth road

Former Minister of Public Works and president of the Partido Dominicano por el Cambio (DxC), Eduardo Estrella, is demanding that the government review the concession contract for the construction of the Santo Domingo-Samana toll highway. He called the terms of the contract fraud against the state.

Estrella observed that in the 2018 National Budget, the government has allotted RD$2.8 billion to be made in payments to the builder of the highway. He said this is evidence that the contract is damaging to the national interest. Estrella said that money could be used to build 1,400 dwellings at RD$2 million each to help reduce the housing deficit.

Estrella highlighted that the RD$2.8 billion payment is in addition to the tolls users of the highway will need to pay in 2018. He said the Santo Domingo-Samana tolls are the most expensive in the country.

“It is estimated that the highway cost US$222 million but only from 2012 to 2017 taxpayers have paid US$324.8 million. He said with the excess, the highway could have been expanded to four lanes making it safer. Furthermore, Estrella pointed out that if the government does not act it will continue to cost the treasury because the contract was signed for 30 years, and only ten years have gone by.

Source: DR1, Hoy

Nov 23, 2017

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