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The Nicaraguan government will build a highway to connect Siuna and Rosita, two of the three municipalities that make up the so-called mining triangle, located in the country's north Caribbean autonomous region.

The announcement was made by transport and infrastructure minister Oscar Mojica during a visit to Siuna on Monday.

The official said that the project will require estimated investments of US$99.5mn and will be built with hydraulic concrete, official news portal El 19 Digital reported.

Works on the highway could be launched next year. They are set to be started before works on the Siuna-Mulukuku highway, which is currently under construction in a neighboring area, are completed.

The initiative will also include the completion of drainage and signaling works, among others.

The new highway will be an upgrade on current connections between Siuna and Rosita, which are currently linked by a 75km dirt road, entailing a two-hour journey.

The north Caribbean coast autonomous region is one of the most isolated areas in the country partly due to the poor state of the roads that connect it to the rest of Nicaragua.

The government is currently paving more than 100km of roads in the area with hydraulic concrete. In addition, the government closed an agreement with Japan to finance the construction of four bridges on a highway located in the region earlier this month.