Widening and upgrade for highway in Nicaragua’s capital
First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
Nicaragua is continuing to develop its highway network, this time with a major project planned for the capital, Managua. A loan worth close to US$107.5 million from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) is to help pay for the project. The work calls for the upgrade and widening of the Pista Juan Pablo II route running through Managua. The 9.55km stretch of road will benefit from three additional lanes, helping to boost capacity and reduce congestion and delays at peak periods. Safety provisions are also included in the project, with six pedestrian bridges and three pedestrian underpasses planned as part of the work.
In all the highway upgrade is costing nearly $256 million, with the remainder of the funding being provided jointly by the European Investment Bank and the Nicaraguan Government. This news comes hard on the heels of plans to upgrade Nicaragua’s coastal highway running southwards from Managua close to the border with Costa Rica. Work is already underway to upgrade the highway links from Managua that run northwards to the country’s second city, Leon, and on up to the border with Honduras. The highway stretches connecting Managua to its neighbours to the north (Honduras) and south (Costa Rica) form part of the famous Pan-American Highway route, one of the world’s longest roads. This connects northern US state Alaska with southern Chile, as well as all the other countries along the way (apart from a missing stretch in a jungle area).