Road Expansion Will Decongest Traffic

An extension of 7 kilometers from the Masaya highway that will be managed by the Nicaragua Ministry of Transportation will decongest vehicular traffic, but will bring in temporary complications for businesses established along the highway.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

On Sunday January 20, works started with the removal of two pedestrian bridges and some signs, located at kilometer 7 of the highway to Masaya. This is one of the most important national routes, with extensive commercial, residential and vehicular traffic amounting to up to 60,000 vehicles per day. It connects the capital with the south. The expansion is expected to conclude in the month of April. In order to carry out the extension works, the rights of way will be utilized.

A survey conducted by El Nuevo Diario with citizens who have small businesses in the area, revealed that they have not been told what temporary access will be for vehicles and pedestrians so that their customers can gain access .

"As we are self-employed, the construction of the road would affect us greatly, because our clientele will not be able to reach us, and we do not know whether the expansion will cause us to be shut down or relocated. We are uncertain and no one has told us anything", complained Marvin Orozco, who owns a motorcycle and bicycle repair shop.



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