La Romana bypass
The progress in the construction of La Romana Bypass and their respective road between San Pedro and La Romana, are at their peak in recent months, with a display of more than 1,300 workers over the 34 miles of work. Odebrecht, the company in charge of construction, according to the agreement with the Dominican Government, should be completed days before Christmas.
Both teams of asphalt are working 24 hours while the rest of the staff is laboring 12 hours a day , “our goal is to deliver the highway to the Ministry of Public Works on November 20,” a company spokesman from the headquarters in Brazil said.
That asphalt brigade operates at a speed of three kilometers per day, using GPS technology and sensors ensuring a smooth bearing surface that drivers are already experimenting in the Autopista Del Coral.
Over 60% of the road is now completed and the paving is being developed as planned. Once the initial paving is finished, a final coating (DE) 4cm apply sealant an asphalt mixture with polymer additives to ensure that the road reaches its useful life of 20 years, said company.
In total, the 34 km under construction and repair of roads include; eight bridges, including bridges over a river, and a creek.
The Romana Bypass will stretch 14 km with four lanes and 22 meter wide concrete barriers like the one of New Jersey, similar to those used on the road between Boca Chica and the entrance to the Las Americas International Airport.
The Bypass will join the El Coral highway between La Romana and Punta Cana directly to the highway to Santo Domingo and is expected to reduce travel time between La Romana and Santo Domingo to just 1 hour. In the other hand when the highway is completed the journey between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana should take less than 2 hours.