The CA-5 Highway is the most important road in the Republic of Honduras; the stretch that runs from Tegucigalpa to Río del Hombre is located in the segment known as the CA-5 North, with a length of 24.3 kilometers, being the beginning of this section the end of the Fuerzas Armadas Boulevard on the north exit of Tegucigalpa.
The road is currently a two lanes road, of 3.60 meters each during the first six kilometers and in ascending sections it was enhanced to a third additional lane for heavy load vehicles, from there and until the end of the stretch, the third lane is eventual.
At present and as part of the works for enhancing and improvement of the CA-5 North Highway, the Millennium Challenge Account – Honduras is building two additional lanes along the whole extension of the stretch that runs from Tegucigalpa to the Beginning of the Comayagua Valley, in order to count with four lanes along the whole stretch of the road, with a variable median that goes from 4 to 6 meters to allow for the construction of additional lanes in the future. Additionally, the Millennium Challenge Account – Honduras will build the "Millennium Interchange" which is a road solution to connect Tegucigalpa´s Peripheral Loop with the CA-5 North Highway, this work will be located in the area adjacent to Km 1+500, in the section of the current intersection of Tegucigalpa´s Peripheral Loop with the north highway. With the construction of this work traffic at the Fuerzas Armadas Boulevard and of the same peripheral Loop will be cleared with the construction of 6 different ramps allowing turns to different zones and with a bypass.
The enhancing of the main communication road in the country directly benefits some 1.3 million people and generates some 4,000 temporary jobs, additionally the owners and drivers of 3.5 million vehicles that pass through the road per year, benefit from the improvement of 107.12 kilometers of the CA-5 North Highway. Through these works, the Millennium Challenge Account – Honduras will reduce transportation costs between production centers and the national, regional and global markets, generating economic growth in Honduras.
It is estimated that the enhancing of Section 1 with an approximate investment of 60.0 million dollars will be completed in the last quarter of 2012 and the construction of the “Millennium Interchange” with an investment of 14 million dollars is to be completed by December 2012. Both Works are co-financed by the Central American Bank of Economic Integration (CABEI).
The enhancing of the road implies the application of the Resettlement Policy through resettlement plans whose final objective is achieving the improvement of the road infrastructure without delays and whose essential objective is supporting the families located in the right of way or in the road area of influence, to grant them equal or better socioeconomic conditions to those in which they formerly lived.