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    Default La Romana to Punta Cana in 25 Minutes Driving

    Yes, I flew into La Romana yesterday and had to go to Punta Cana. A short way out of La Romana towards Higuey my driver asked if I wanted to try the new highway. Of course it was not open but a few hundred pesos to one of the workers and the barrier was lifted.

    After spending about ,1,000 pesos to get through some more barricades and about 35 minutes later I was at the large circle before the circle at Puna Cana Village. I say less than 25 minutes driving time. You completely avoid Higuey. Road is great, no tolls.

    Leonel opens this section Wed. and it is open to the public Thursday. Now it is nothing to go to SD from PC.

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    Any idea how long the drive from sd to punta cana airport is now using this new route? this may make flight options better for us.

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    It is STILL NOT piece of cake to get from PUJ to SD. La Romana and San Pedro overpass are still not completed. San Pedro overpass is just a 2 lane highway and in off-peak times e.g. at night it takes exactly the same time to cross San Pedro and to use overpass. You still have to go through La Romana and the highway starts about 8 km after La ROmana. That stretch of new highway is still just a "monte". Remember, autovia del Coral physically starts in La Romana, the rest is Autovia del Este, and that one is not yet completed.

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    [QUOTE=rubia1981;1117048]Any idea how long the drive from sd to punta cana airport is now using this new route? this may make flight options better for us.[/

    I would estimate about 2 hours or less, depending on traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubio_higuey View Post
    It is STILL NOT piece of cake to get from PUJ to SD. La Romana and San Pedro overpass are still not completed. San Pedro overpass is just a 2 lane highway and in off-peak times e.g. at night it takes exactly the same time to cross San Pedro and to use overpass. You still have to go through La Romana and the highway starts about 8 km after La ROmana. That stretch of new highway is still just a "monte". Remember, autovia del Coral physically starts in La Romana, the rest is Autovia del Este, and that one is not yet completed.
    Oh come on, SD to la Romana is a piece of cake compared to how it was, say 8 years ago, the worst part of the trip always has been La roman - Higuey, and then you think you're almost there, wrong count 45 minutes more from Higuey to Babaro or Punta Cana. This Highway is a huge improvement and will reduce transit time by at least 1 hour, probably 1,5, not even being ready.

    I would say: good job, Leonel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKY View Post
    Yes, I flew into La Romana yesterday and had to go to Punta Cana. A short way out of La Romana towards Higuey my driver asked if I wanted to try the new highway. Of course it was not open but a few hundred pesos to one of the workers and the barrier was lifted.

    After spending about ,1,000 pesos to get through some more barricades and about 35 minutes later I was at the large circle before the circle at Puna Cana Village. I say less than 25 minutes driving time. You completely avoid Higuey. Road is great, no tolls.

    Leonel opens this section Wed. and it is open to the public Thursday. Now it is nothing to go to SD from PC.
    Just math and physics, it's about 70 kms from La Romana airport to Punta Cana airport using the new highway, so you would have to go at least 150 km/h or 90 m/h to achieve that in less than 30 minutes, not counting the "bribe stops". At best, you had a very good chofer with a very fast car. And it was raining like hell yesterday!

    Give me a break, please!!!

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    Mido, the distance is about 60 miles / 97 kilometers, airport to airport, using the existing roads in use, PUJ - La Otra Banda - Higuey - LRM. 25 - 35 minutes between the end points for the new road is reasonable, suspecting the driving distance has been shortened by the new road scheme.

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    PJT, I have the plan of the new Coral Highway in front of me and that is the distance. Please check yourself! If you haven't got a map, use Google Earth, you will see! Your estimate is just wrong or wishful thinking.

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    Both PJT and mido are correct. PJT I what mido says is 70 kms, you say 97 kms and shortened by new road, that is what exactly mido says, 70 kms. Now calculate how fast you hav e to go to cover those 70 kms in 30 minutes. That would be 140 kmph. (Recall the math, 6th grade). Plus th bribe stops, plus the stormy wether yestrday. Impossible to have made that trek in 30 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubio_higuey View Post
    Both PJT and mido are correct. PJT I what mido says is 70 kms, you say 97 kms and shortened by new road, that is what exactly mido says, 70 kms. Now calculate how fast you hav e to go to cover those 70 kms in 30 minutes. That would be 140 kmph. (Recall the math, 6th grade). Plus th bribe stops, plus the stormy wether yestrday. Impossible to have made that trek in 30 minutes.
    From where I got on the hwy, which was 15 minutes past La Romana airport heading towards Higuey it was nowhere near 70 km to the end. There are signs every km on the distance. It was less than 50 km.

    I drove the road. Others are googling it.

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