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Santo Domingo.- Despite that the National District City Council four years ago established limits on the traffic of heavy vehicles on the seaside avenue Malecón, from Máximo Gómez Av. to Santo Domingo Port, it was only yesterday when the Mayor and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (Amet) director announced its definitive enforcement starting next Thursday.

Mayor David Collado and Amet director Frener Bello Arias held a press conference at the corner of the Malecon with Máximo Gómez, to warn that the measure take effect from Thursday.

Collado promised to rescue that "abandoned, unsafe and dark" tourist attraction.

He said heavy vehicles traveling east on on the Malecon must turn left (north) at Máximo Gómez and resume their routes on the 27 de Febrero or Kennedy avenues.

"George Washington Avenue, where our Malecon is, must be a way for tourism, recreation, and heavy vehicles pose a danger and a source of pollution," the mayor said.

He said he works with the area hoteliers to recover the Malecon's environs, including repairs on storm drainage, sidewalks, lighting and parking.

Bello said the ordinance will be enforced with "rigorously" starting Thursday, "because in the Christmas festivities traffic is complicated in all public roads."

"But in addition, domestic tourism is intensifying at Christmas, and there are several cruise ships with tourists who want to get to know the Malecon and the heavy vehicles are a danger."

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Written by: zooma, 20 Dec 2016 9:16 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

What they say is one thing. What they do is another. Enforcement as always, is heavy after a media release. Yet, we all know that after the holidays enforcement will be a word and not an activity.

What authority is foolish enough to stand in the middle of the road to stop a heavy truck rolling towards him ?

Written by: Ricardolito, 21 Dec 2016 7:02 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
What is just as bad Zooma are the routes that these trucks are now taking as an alternative ..they are not going up to Kennedy but turning right at Independencia and then going onto Ave Meela,which is being destroyed or turning back onto el Malecon to join it at Obolisco.The latter is far more preferable ,but why not wait until the ring road to Boca Chica is finished before this uncontrollable law.
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