Only in the Dominican Republic have I experienced the challenge of driving in an easterly direction on the shoulder of the west bound lane. This occurs where Highway #5 from Semana merges with Hwy #3 to Punta Cana.
NOTE: Van on the left was traveling east, we were following. It is not a parked vehicle. To the right on the bridge type road is the east bound highway lane. We eventually had to cross the westbound lane to get onto the eastbound lane. Confused???? Imagine navigating this with a two pronged stake in the center of my aisle. Attached to each prong was a bag of blue crabs. It is difficult to see in the pix but it is under the walk over bridge.