The Government is making a public investment of DR$1,740.2 million in 22 works in the province of Samaná, 15 are in the municipality of Samaná and seven in the municipality of Las Terrenas, these will impact the social and economic life of its inhabitants and its development as a tourist destination.
The projects are in water, sewage and sanitation infrastructure, storm drainage; construction of streets and sidewalks to connect their municipalities; improvement in the Malecon and to adapt the conditions of access to the beaches and readjust the squares of vendors around them. These works are expected to be ready by December of this year and February 2024.
Of the aforementioned resources, DR$1,159.8 million are used for works that are in execution; DR$165 million for projects that are in the formulation phase; DR$78.5 million for those that are in the bidding phase; DR$15.7 million for works that are in the purchasing committee. And of the projects already executed, DR$321.1 million have been invested.
Among these projects, the reconstruction of the road infrastructure of Las Terrenas was inaugurated yesterday, with an investment of more than DR$48 million.
The public investment in the entire seafront and boardwalk is DR$449 million, which impacts more than 89,479 square meters and 1.5 kilometers of beach.
And in the cruise terminal and Marina, the private investment is US$22 million.
The Minister of Tourism, David Collado expressed that within the projects under formulation, DR$100 million are for the construction of the vendors’ plaza in Cayo Levantado, during a meeting with executives of Grupo Piñero.
And Shaney Peña Gómez, director of Planning and Tourism Projects of Mitur expressed that the improvement of the western section of the boardwalk of Santa Bárbara de Samaná with DR$140 million and the eastern section for DR$83 million are being executed. And the improvement of the storm drainage of the seawall for DR$144 million.
Public lighting is also being executed for DR$34 million and the reconstruction of roads in the municipal district of Arroyo Barril for DR$58 million is in the bidding process.
Peña added that also in the sustainable coastal management program, together with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), he will execute some US$70 million in order to improve the resilience and sustainability of priority areas in the face of climate change.
He said that this would begin with Las Terrenas beach, which is one of the most affected by erosion and requires major reengineering.