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Soptravi to invest up to US$400mn in highway works (Honduras)

Honduras' public works, transport and housing ministry (Soptravi) will invest some US$300mn-US$400mn in highway projects, according to public works minister Miguel Pastor.

Financing is being provided by the World Bank, IDB and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (Cabei), Soptravi said in a release.

The ministry plans to launch a tender to build the final stretch of a beltway around capital Tegucigalpa on April 25. Work involves construction of 7.6km of roadway and will cost some US$20mn, paper La Tribuna reported.

Soptravi also plans to build the 1.5bn-lempira (US$79.3mn) Corredor Agrícola highway linking San Francisco de La Paz in Olancho department with cities Trujillo and Castilla in Colon department.

The Carretera Central highway will cost some 1bn lempiras and its first section will link cities in Yoro, Atlántida and San Francisco Morazán departments.

Other projects include continuing construction of a four-lane highway from Tegucigalpa to Comayagua and launching a tender to build beltway around Cortés department capital San Pedro Sula.

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