He says that the work will put an end to flooding on the boardwalk and will be a greater attraction for tourists.
The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, gave the first signal this Monday to begin work on the improvement of the storm drainage and complementary works of the Samaná seawall, with an investment of more than 400 million pesos.
The work, a long-standing demand of the residents of this important destination, will be carried out through the Executing Committee for Infrastructure in Tourist Zones (CEIZTUR) of the Ministry of Tourism (MITUR).
Minister Collado highlighted the impact that the work will have for the residents of this municipality and for the tourism development of Samaná.
“Today I am here with you fulfilling my promise and attending to an old claim of all the residents of Santa Barbara, leaving started the work to turn this boardwalk into a real tourist attraction,” said the official, which caused a standing ovation.
“President Luis Abinader has given us all his support to take whatever actions are necessary to place this paradisiacal destination in the place it deserves, because the time has come for Samaná,” proclaimed the Minister of Tourism.
The improvement of the pluvial drainage and other complementary works of the Samaná seawall, consists of a set of hydraulic solutions in order to mitigate the floods that currently occur in this area in times of heavy rains.
This stage consists of an integral intervention to improve storm water runoff, from the drainage of the gully to its mouth at the sea, a solid waste retention structure, dredging and repair of the sheet pile wall.
It also contemplates the integral rescue of the urban and leisure space of the seawall along the entire seafront of the municipality, covering an intervention area of 1.3 kilometers.
It also includes a bicycle lane, parking bay on the north and south sidewalks, children’s play area, gymnasium, outdoor meditation area, and circulation space.
It also includes a main entrance plaza with nine sales modules, two restroom modules, two government offices and two warehouses.
The works are divided into four lots: the first includes the improvement of the pluvial drainage of the Samaná Malecón, at a cost of RD$144,143,579.94, while the second is the western section of the Santa Bárbara Malecón at a cost of RD$140,337,615.39.
The third is the East section for RD$83,162,458.82, and the fourth is the complementary works: the provision and installation of electrical equipment and accessories at a cost of RD$38,5000,000.00, for a total amount of RD$406,143,654.15.