The CA-5 Highway is the most important road in the Republic of Honduras; the stretch that runs from Río del Hombre to the beginning of the Comayagua Valley up to the community of Las Mercedes in the municipality of Villa de San Antonio has a 33.3 kilometers length. In this stretch called Section 2, the Millennium Challenge Account – Honduras alike in Section 1, will improve and enhance the road to four lanes along its entire length.
This improvement includes a realigning of the road at kilometer 41 through kilometer 44, in which the two north-south oriented lanes will be built, id est from SPS to Tegucigalpa. This work will enhance the capacity of the CA-5 North Highway and will reduce the risk of vehicle accidents in an area with a very pronounced curve. All works are conducted in conformance with the traffic requirements projected in that road.
The enhancing of the main communication route in the country directly benefits some 1.3 million people and generates some 4,000 temporary jobs, in addition to the owners and drivers of 3.5 million vehicles per year that are benefitted with the improvement of 107.12 kilometers of the CA-5 North Highway. With these works the Millennium Challenge Account – Honduras will reduce transportation costs between production centers and the domestic, regional and global markets, generating economic growth in Honduras.
It is estimated that the enhancing of Section 2 with an approximate investment of 58 million dollars will be completed in November 2011. These works are co-financed by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI).
The enhancing of the road implies the application of the Resettlement Policy, through resettlement plans whose final objective is to allow the improvement of the road infrastructure without delays and whose essential objective is to support the families located in the right of way or in the road area of influence, so as to help them achieve equal o better socioeconomic conditions than those they formerly had.