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Old December 12th, 2013, 03:26 AM   #61
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Autopista El Coral (RD-3)

The autopista El Coral is the last stretch of the RD-3 corridor. This highway connects La Romana with Punta Cana in the extreme east of the country.


An aerial view of the El Coral highway near one of its tolls.
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Old December 12th, 2013, 06:05 AM   #62
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Expreso John F Kennedy (Santo Domingo)

The expreso John F Kennedy is part of a hibrid espressway/avenue in the city of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere and the largest city in the Caribbean. The expressway is composed of the four to six central lanes along the corridor which offer continuous traffic flows without traffic light. Major intersections are passed through tunnels or overpasses.

This expressway crosses the city in an east-west or west-east direction from the end of the Juan Pablo Duarte Highway (RD-1).










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Expreso 27 de Febrero (Santo Domingo)

The 27 de Febrero Expressway is similar to the Kennedy Expressway, but this one has a longer length. In the following video you will appreciate how the different overpasses and tunnels make the central lanes of this hybrid avenue an expressway, while the lanes on the sides function as those of a normal avenue.

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Autopista de las Américas (RD-3)

The Las Américas Highway forms part of the RD-3 corridor between Santo Domingo and Boca Chica. This is the highway that visitors that land at the capital city's airport often take before entering the city. Many people consider this to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world and one of the most beautiful introductions to a capital city.

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the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere
Older than Verulamium? Or Tartessos?

Western Hemisphere ≠ the Americas

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Old December 13th, 2013, 05:01 AM   #66
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Bulevar Turístico del Este

The bulevar turístico del Este is a hybrid expressway/avenue that was recently inaugurated in the extremely popular beach destionation of Bávaro-Punta Cana.




















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The following videos are news coverages of the inauguration of this project, where you will see many images of this expressway (the video is in Spanish, the official language of the Dominican Republic):



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Old December 14th, 2013, 03:26 AM   #67
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Puente Mauricio Báez (San Pedro de Macorís)

The Mauricio Báez Bridge, a few kilometers north of the city of San Pedro de Macorís and forming part of the RD-3 corridor, is the largest bridge in the Caribbean and the second largest cable stayed bridge in Central America & the Caribbean. With its 660 meters (2,165 feet) in height, it is one of the tallest structures in the eastern region of the Dominican Republic.

Some people informally call this bridge Puente Higüamo because it spans over the Higüamo river.

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Bulevar Turístico del Este

The bulevar turístico del Este is a hybrid expressway/avenue that was recently inaugurated in the extremely popular beach destionation of Bávaro-Punta Canal
I was there this time last week!

It's taken a long time to build-- they were working on it when I first visited Punta Cana in 2005. but it's pretty impressive now. There's no access to abutting properties, U turn ramps at the intersections, and in most places a guardrail in the median, apparently intended less to prevent head-on collisions than to prevent random crossing of the median. It also has paved shoulders, which is good because it's used by a fair number of low speed vehicles such as mopeds.

Beyond the end of the dual carriageway, it continues as a high quality two lane road, still with paved shoulders. Last year from the plane I could see construction of this good new highway extending far into the countryside, parallel to the coast but inland.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 12:01 AM   #69
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Túnel Ortega y Gasset - UASD
Santo Domingo

The Ortega y Gasset - UASD Tunnel forms two express lanes that connects the Ortega y Gasset Avenue with Santo Tomás Street. UASD stands for Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (Autonomous University of Santo Domingo), founded in the 1500s as the first university in the Western Hermisphere, and it has one of the entrances to its main campus on Santo Tomás Street. With its 1,2 kilometers its also the longest tunnel in the Caribbean as well as the newest one in the Dominican Republic.

A photo of the inside of the tunnel and two videos, one showing the construction process and at the end the opinions of some Dominicans that used the tunnel, while the second video is a tour of the tunnel.






The photo is courtesy of Diario Libre.
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Old December 16th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #70
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Old December 18th, 2013, 07:28 PM   #71
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Corredor RD-3
Santo Domingo – Boca Chica – San Pedro – La Romana – Higüey – Punta Cana

Here is a nice tour of the entire RD-3 corridor starting in the touristic area of Punta Cana and ending in the historic city of Santo Domingo. The trip takes around 2 hours (in the video its compressed to 4 minutes) and runs along the following highways, in the order they appear in the video:

- Autopista El Coral
- Circunvalación de La Romana
- Autovía del Este (La Romana - San Pedro)
- Circunvalación de San Pedro de Macorís
- Autovía del Este (San Pedro - Boca Chica)
- Autopista de las Américas

Even though the video ends in the city of Santo Domingo, in reality the RD-3 ends on the Juan Bosch Bridge (the second cable stayed bridge that appears in the video; the first cable stayed bridge is the Mauricio Báez, the largest bridge of its kind in the Caribbean).

The entire trip takes place in the eastern region of the Dominican Republic, in what is known as Las llanuras del Este (The Eastern Plains), which is the largest plains in the Antilles outside of Cuba. Most of the Dominican Republic is actually mountainous.

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Circunvalación de Santiago (RD-1)
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(RD-1) Autopista Juan Pablo Duarte
Kilometer 13, northbound a few meters before entering Santiago province.



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Carretera Bavaro - Uvero Alto - Miches - Sabana La Mar (RD-3)

This highway was completely redone and now its as if its brand new.








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Puente Juan Pablo Duarte
Santo Domingo

Built in 1955 over the Ozama River, this is the largest suspension bridge in the Caribbean and one of the first of its kind in Latin America. Its 627 meters long with 176 meters held by 2 groups of 20 cables each and two 55 meters high towers.




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Puente Prof. Juan Bosch
Santo Domingo

The widest cable-stayed bridge in the Caribbean was built in 2001. In conjunction with the neighboring Juan Pablo Duarte Bridge it forms the main crossing point over the Ozama River in Greater Santo Domingo.







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Puente Hermanos Patiño
Santiago de los Caballeros

This is one of the oldest suspension bridges in Latin America. It was built in the middle of the XX century in the first Santiago established in America and the third city founded by the Spanish. Its the only suspension bridge that crosses over the Yaque del Norte River.









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Update of Circunvalación de (Beltway of) Santo Domingo (Feb 2015)


Courtesy of Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Comunicaciones (Ministry og Public Works and Comunications; MOPC in its Spanish initials).
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Autopista Joaquin Balaguer (RD-1)
Santiago - Villa Gonzalez - Navarrete

This highway was intervened during the last few months for maintenance and they finally are done! Look how beautiful this highway looks now, as if its new! It will be officially re-inaugurated on February 20, 2015.
















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