President Danilo Medina led the inaugural ceremony for the missing section of the Juan Bosch or Santo Domingo ring road on Wednesday, 15 July 2020. The final stretch completes the 53.5 km Santo Domingo ring road.
Speaking at the inauguration, Public Works Minister Ramón Pepín said that the Santo Domingo bypass connects the three regions of the country – the north, southwest and the east. Pepín spoke of the significant savings in travel time and vehicle operating costs for users of the new road.
The bypass facilitates the transfer of goods by connecting the two main ports of the country, Haina and Caucedo Multimodal, the Las Americas International Airport, and the main industrial zones. It is also an option for the more than 35,000 commuters who drive through Greater Santo Domingo and will no longer have to enter the capital city to get to their destination in the south, north or east.
The opening of the new road section is expected to reduce the number of heavy trucks that transit in the capital city, alleviating traffic congestion in the capital city.
The stretch has an extension of 20.2 kilometers and connects the Villa Mella-Yamasa highway to the Juan Pablo II Highway (Autopista del Nordeste), the toll road to Samaná, near the El Naranjo crossing. The road consists of four 3.60-meter-wide lanes, two in each direction of traffic, with a roadway width of 25.20 meters, with 2.40-meter-wide side walks; two distributors, four lower vehicle walks, three pedestrian and motorized walks and a toll station.
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16 July 2020