Local February 26, 2024 | 8:37 am

GEHID launches Yerba Buena-Los Corrales highway construction

San José de las Matas, DR.- The Dominican Hydroelectric Generation Company (EGEHID) has initiated the construction of the Yerba Buena-Los Corrales highway in San José de las Matas, Santiago. This project is part of an extensive development plan aimed at enhancing the quality of life in the communities within the sphere of influence of the Tavera-Bao and López-Angustura hydroelectric complex.

The estimated investment for this endeavor is RD$ 521,404,559.84, covering a 16.70-kilometer road with associated infrastructure. This includes a drainage system, box-type culverts, and a two-inch asphalt layer, all of which entail substantial earthmoving efforts. The construction is being carried out by the company CONSTRUCTORA TEDDY SRL, involving road widening and signage.

The groundbreaking ceremony, led by EGEHID’s administrator, Engineer Rafael Salazar, and attended by local authorities, marked the commencement of the highway construction. EGEHID’s corporate social responsibility program aims to bring about community-beneficial projects in the provinces where hydroelectric complexes are situated, as a way of reciprocating the contribution of hydrographic basins to the country’s development through water production for human consumption, agricultural irrigation, and clean energy generation.

The Los Corrales Yerba Buena highway has been a decades-long demand, according to residents and local representatives, aligning with EGEHID’s extensive asphalt program in the mountain municipalities. San José de las Matas Mayor Alfredo Reyes expressed gratitude to President Luis Abinader for addressing the community’s needs and praised EGEHID’s swift execution.

Administrator Salazar emphasized the area’s value in environmental protection and water conservation, underscoring the community’s deserving of enhanced well-being.

To ensure the project’s quality execution, a commission of observers was sworn in by the official, responsible for overseeing the work’s correct implementation to meet community needs.

Various dignitaries participated in the groundbreaking ceremony, including Senator Eduardo Estrella, Deputies Braulio Espinal and Francisco Díaz, Provincial Governor Rosa Santos, Mayors Ramón Alfredo Reyes of San José de las Matas, Hilario Fernández of Jánico, Fermín Rojas Noesí, and Juan Alberto Tavárez, elected mayor of the municipal district of Juncalito, as well as the Mayor of El Rubio, Ibanova Ramos. The former President of the Chamber of Deputies, Julio César Valentín, and other regional and local leaders were also present.

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