Nicaragua’s Coastal Road

The Tourist Scenic Coastal Highway on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua and Central and South Poneloya could be extended so that it connects with Leon.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Representatives of the Italian company SPIN are expected to visit the country in the next 60 days, with a technical and financial proposal to build the so-called "Tourist Scenic Coastal Highway on the Pacific and Central and South Coast of Nicaragua."

At a cost of approximately $200 million, the 138 kilometer four-lane highway will stretch from Punta El Naranjo (on the border with Costa Rica) to Masachapa, through the departments of Rivas, Carazo and Managua. The return on investment for the Italian group will come from toll charges.

René Sabas Gómez writes in that, "The Costanera Highway project will connect and benefit resorts, beaches and coastal cities such as El Ostional, La Flor, San Juan del Sur, the Huacalito project (under construction), Brito, Astillero, Chacocente, Huehuete, La Boquita, Casares, Salinas de Nahualapa, Pochomil, Masachapa and Montelimar, stimulating investment for the construction of new resorts, marinas, tourist projects and even whole new coastal resort towns.

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Nicaragua: Coastal Highway Will Not Be Built

August 2013

There are no state resources for the 131 miles of road on the Pacific coast, which would be a key factor for tourism development in the area.

This was explained by the chief of Transportation and Infrastructure, Paul Fernando Martinez. Seven years ago the institution had reported that the study and design was already in process and about three years ago they said they were in the construction phase, however, the authorities now say the project is not profitable.

Italian Company to Build Coastal Road in Nicaragua

November 2011

The government has signed agreement of understanding with an Italian consortium for the design and construction of the road with an investment of $200 million.

The Italian consortium composed of Unieco, CCC and Pizzarotti, will present in January next year designs for the 138 km road that begins in El Naranjo, on the border with Costa Rica and extend to Masachapa, in the capital.

Tourism: Interest from European Investors in Nicaragua

October 2011

The project attracting the most attention from Italian road building companies was the coastal road on the south coast, being seen as a hub of tourist development.

During the Encuentro Empresarial (Business Meeting) between Nicaragua and Europe, Italian and Spanish investors expressed their interest in investing in the tourism sector.

Costa Rica: Road Concession to Spanish Company to be Cancelled

May 2011

In the national assembly of Costa Rica a Commission of Inquiry is calling for a freeze on the current processes for public works concession contracts and the cancelation of the contract with Autopistas del Sol.

Problems identified in the newly constructed road connecting the capital San José to Puerto Caldera in the Pacific, have set off the creation of a commission of inquiry in Costa Rica’s national assembly.

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