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Since the Altos de Chavon access road was opened and with it the brand new roundabout that will one day (sooner rather than later) lead to the new second main entrance, we’ve all been rather excited about the progress. Well my friends I’m here to tell you that you really should be excited- because the progress is amazing!
Living in Los Altos and working in Altos de Chavon, I do have cause to use the new roundabout and that Altos de Chavon access road with some frequency, and although at first the new road leading up to the future second main entrance was always blocked off, recently it hasn’t been… And what kind of Casa de Campo “journalist” would I be if I passed up the opportunity to take a sneak peak when it’s just there, waiting and looking so tempting!? And so yesterday having spent the afternoon shooting (in the photography sense) the Casa de Campo Sugar Shooting tournament I just couldn’t resist the temptation any longer… so let’s take a look at the progress shall we!?
So driving up from the first Altos de Chavon roundabout you immediately notice that the road has now been surfaced, has streetlights and even a central division. Of course the entire area is lacking landscaping, but that’s coming later I’m sure.
First section of the road (starting from the Altos de Chavón access road)
A couple of hundred meters (very approximately) up the road we then reach another roundabout that actually has no exits (aside from the obvious forward and backward ones), so I assume it’s purpose is to slow down traffic.
Roundabout 2 (directionAltos de Chavón access road to new second main entrance)
After that the road carries on looking pretty much the same as the first portion, except here we can see that palm trees have been planted lining the way.
And then we get to roundabout number 3, and this one does have exits, 4 to be exact. 2 are the ones you expect, forward and backwards, towards the Casa de Campo new second main entrance and the other towards Casa de Campo. One goes to the east, which will connect to the main Altos de Chavon access road and from there directly down to the Marina Casa de Campo. The other goes to the west, I’m not 100% sure where that will go, but looking at google earth, it looks like some kind of alternate exit, perhaps to be used for concerts. We’ll have to wait and see.
Roundabout 3, this exit will lead across the Chavón access road down to the Marina
After that we journey up the road a little more and we arrive at the new Casa de Campo second main entrance! And construction is already well underway. Although obviously not completed the skeleton structure for the entrance way and its 4 lanes of traffic is there, the building for the new additional Casa de Campo villa owners club is there and there is also another building on the other side of the entrance.
Arriving at the new Casa de Campo second main entrance
The new Casa de Campo second main entrance looks nearly ready!
The new additional Casa de Campo Villa Owners Club
Small building and parking on the other side of the Casa de Campo second main entrance
All in all it’s very exciting, and with progress moving this quickly we can hope it’ll be completed, ready and opened earlier than we hoped!
P.S. No opening date has been officially announced, we only know that it’s due to open this year- 2015.
P.P.S. For those of you who know nothing about this new Casa de Campo second main entrance, the main thing you need to know is that it’s going to be awesome. Why? Because it will lead out directly onto the Autopista de Coral highway, which means fast, direct access to Punta Cana / Bavaro and Santo Domingo, while the La Romana Airport, Casa de Campo will be literally just across the road.
P.P.P.S And for those of you craving some more facts and information, here it is:
The new Casa de Campo entrance
- Located approximately 0.5km off of the highway, to allow for efficient cueing on high traffic days – such as national holidays and concerts. Although of course with 2 entrances in operation and a more efficient entrance process, cueing on high traffic days should be a thing of the past.
- 4 lanes of access.
- A new Casa de Campo Villa Owners office – where visitors will be able to quickly and efficiently register for access to the Casa de Campo resort.
- A larger parking lot for visitors.
- Travel time / distance for visitors and residents staying in the “upper” residential areas of Casa de Campo will be significantly reduced. These areas include Los Altos, Altos de Chavón, Tennis Villas, Barranca, Barranca Este, Las Cañas, Los Tamarindos and others.
The Casa de Campo Villa Owners Club at the new main entrance
The other entrance will remain open
The current Casa de Campo main entrance “La Cana” will remain open and fully functional – for Casa de Campo villa owners, residents and visitors alike.
More good news!
Costasur is also investigating ways in which to further improve the flow of traffic within the Casa de Campo resort. For example, once this new entrance is completed, the volume of traffic on the road with the fire station will experience a much higher flow of traffic – something which Costasur has taken into consideration and is already planning for.