Excavations for the Santo Domingo Cable Car begin

Emilio Valerio

07 January 2016

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Excavations for the construction of the cable car, the country's new aerial transport system, will begin today in what will be the first station located in the Gualey sector.


On the land where the "E1" or first station of the metrocable will be built, a tunnel will be dug to connect with station number 20, Eduardo Brito, on line two of the Santo Domingo Metro.


According to Guarocuya Arzeno, in charge of civil works for the Cable Car, representative of the Poma J. Fortuna Consortium, the land has already been prepared for the excavation of the tunnel, which will be between 30 and 40 meters long.


He assured that the work is going at a good pace and that they are also working on station 3 located in Sabana Perdida, Santo Domingo Norte, where earthworks and site preparation are being carried out.


In the "E3" located in the Dos de Enero neighbourhood of Sabana Perdida, in front of the Ave María school, work is also being carried out on the canalisation of a gully and backfilling.


"We don't have dates for the completion of the work, but we are already making progress in the preliminary work on the construction of the structures," he said.


The Unidad Ejecutora para la Readecuación de La Barquita y Entornos (URBE) began putting up signs yesterday indicating the sections of streets that will be closed for the start of the works and the alternative routes.


The closed sections are the Marginal access to Francisco del Rosario Sánchez Avenue (18th Street) and Padre Castellanos Avenue (18th Street).

Ambitious project

The Santo Domingo Cable Car, an ambitious government project, will have an investment of three billion pesos and is estimated to benefit more than 287,400 people directly. The modern transport system will have four stations that will benefit residents of Santo Domingo Norte, Santo Domingo Este and Distrito Nacional, especially those living in vulnerable areas near the Ozama River.


The first station in Gualey, which will connect to the Metro, is being built on the land that was first earmarked for the construction of a centre for the mentally ill, a project of the Office of the First Lady. The second will be in Los Tres Brazos, the third in Sabana Perdida and the fourth in Charles de Gaulle Avenue. According to URBE, with this aerial cable system, users will be able to save 30 minutes of travel time and 30% on the cost of fares.

Source: Listín Diario
Author: Katheryn Luna