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Dominican Republic: They negotiate an agreement to reduce the cost of ‘shadow toll’


The Ministry of Public Works is holding a negotiation process with the consortium of companies Autopista del Nordeste for the realization of an agreement that will allow a “significant reduction” of the cost of the “shadow toll” subsidy agreed upon during the administration of former President Leonel Fernández as a payment modality for the construction of the Juan Pablo II highway and the Boulevard Turístico del Atlántico.

This was communicated, unofficially, by a source linked to the Ministry, who stated that a definitive agreement has not yet been reached with the company. When this occurs, it will be duly informed to the media.

He said that through an agreement with the company’s executives, the government seeks a significant reduction in this agreement’s cost in the national budget each year. For this 2021, Law 237-20 of the General State Budget has consigned as transference to the Shadow Toll’s Subsidy, the amount of RD$4,930.9 million.

Road Concession
The Dominican State signed with the consortium of construction companies, Autopista del Nordeste S.A., a contract in the form of a road concession, in which private investors would be responsible for the construction and direct financing of 80% of the total cost of the Autopista del Nordeste (or Juan Pablo II) and the Boulevard Turístico del Atlántico roads between 2006 and 2011, in exchange for the Government’s exclusive right to collect 100% of the tolls on both routes for 30 years.

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