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."