Expansion Project to Improve Road Safety in Honduras


20 February 2013 – A project to widen and improve the major highway in Honduras has received new funding and support from Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).  On 19 February the IDB announced that it has approved a $17.2 million loan to support the widening and improvement of CA-5 Norte, the principal highway in Honduras.

honduras-roadCA-5 Norte, of strategic importance to the region and the country as part of the International Network of Mesoamerican Highways (RICAM), links the capital city, Tegucigalpa, with Honduras’ main industrial area, San Pedro Sula, and to the only deep-water port in Central America, Puerto Cortes, on the Caribbean coast.

The new financing complements a $30 million loan approved by the IDB in 2007 and a $50 million loan approved by the IDB in 2004 to finish works across 50.2 kms of CA-5 Norte. The CA-5 Norte also has financing from the World Bank, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, the OPEC Fund and the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation.

The 50.2 kms improved with IDB financing are divided in two segments, the first one between San Antonio detour to the end of the Valle de Comayagua with 24.7 kms, and the second segment between La Barca and Villanueva with 25.5 kms, including a 320 ml bridge over the Ulúa river.

The investments will turn 60 percent of CA-5 Norte into a four-lane highway, while 17% will have a third climbing lane, reducing traveling time by 20 percent.  For more information about this project, go to http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/project-description-title,1303.html?id=HO%2DL1089.

To learn more about IDB projects in Honduras, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/countries/honduras/honduras-and-the-idb,1053.html

Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is a source of multilateral financing for sustainable economic, social and institutional development programs and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  More information about the IDB is at www.iadb.org.  For more about IDB projects, visit http://www.iadb.org/en/projects/projects,1229.html.

Source: Inter-American Development Bank