Cross-mountain road gets a US$$350M kickoff

The Public Works Minister, Gonzalo Castillo said on Sunday that the Santiago-San Juan (north-south) road, will be tendered for next year. He also revealed that various studies are being conducted to determine the best route for the construction to take.
Although the Minister could not be sure if the work could start in 2013, the infrastructure has US$350 million allocated in the 2013 budget. Castillo said the route was quite complex because of the long distances involved, and because it would cross the country’s highest mountain range.
President Danilo Medina said the construction of the Santiago-San Juan road was a campaign promise he will keep, and wants to “have the honor to inaugurate it.”"And I said I would fulfill all my campaign commitments,” the head of state said, noting that the road would link two major regions and boost their development. “It has been demanded for years.” he concluded.

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