Construction of the Wawa Bridge on the North Caribbean Coast is completed with CABEI support, benefiting more than 43,000 Nicaraguans.


The work is part of the Sahsa - Bilwi Project, financed by the multilateral under the VIII Road Improvement and Expansion Program for US$176.7 million.

Tegucigalpa, October 20th, 2022 - For the first time in history, the North Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua will be permanently connected to the rest of the country thanks to the construction of the Wawa Bridge, a completed work of great importance for the economic and social development of the area that received financial support from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) as part of the works contemplated in the VIII Road Improvement and Expansion Program within the Sahsa - Bilwi Project.

The new structure over the Wawa Boom River measures 255 meters in total length and was built using a system of successive segments, with a maximum span of 140 meters, making it the longest in the country in this respect. It links the areas of Kukalaya, Sahsa, Truslaya Yulu, the community of Betania, Bilwi, among others, directly benefiting 43,945 inhabitants and indirectly benefiting another 149,666 inhabitants.

"We are pleased with the completion of this transcendental work for Nicaragua, which will transform the connections in the Northern Caribbean region, its economy and, above all, the well-being of its inhabitants, who were used to seeing traffic interrupted for up to seven days due to river flooding and not having a safe passage," said CABEI Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi.

In addition to the bridge, the work included the construction of the road segment, 4 relief bridges, 3 culverts, 120 vertical signs, 9,300 meters of horizontal signs, and 480 meters of metal fenders.

With CABEI financing through its road infrastructure programs, eight projects are being executed in Nicaragua that will connect the Pacific with the Atlantic Caribbean, positively impacting 2.3 million people in urban and rural areas with the construction of 924.14 kilometers of road and the generation of some 23,000 permanent and temporary jobs.

It is estimated that the projects will be completed in the second half of 2023, permanently connecting the Atlantic with the rest of the country.

CABEI's operations are designed, approved, monitored and evaluated in accordance with the principles of development impact, prudent risk management, operational efficiency and financial sustainability.