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Govt to open US$300mn Corredor Duarte highway at end-March (Dominican Republic)
The Dominican Republic's public works and communications ministry (MOPC) plans to officially open the Corredor Duarte highway in capital city Santo Domingo at end-March, according to minister Víctor Díaz Rua.


The highway project, which involves six overpasses and three tunnels, should cost some US$300mn in total, the presidential website reported.


The US$70mn tunnel connecting Ortega y Gasset avenue with the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) is scheduled to be opened at end-November.


The 1.2km tunnel, which will be the longest in the country, will run 25m beneath street level. Work has been completed on some 250m to date.


Work on the project is being carried out by consortium Corredor Duarte, formed of Brazil's Odebrecht and local construction firm Estrella.




MOPC has already begun the tender process for construction of the Corredor Duarte II highway project, Díaz said.


The second corridor will connect avenues Máximo Gómez, Tiradentes, Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln and is aimed at reducing congestion on the north-south roadways in the capital.


The project is expected to cost an estimated US$200mn, local paper El Día reported.

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