The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $25m grant to Haiti to help improve its southern road network.

The grant will be used to repair and maintain the roads in the southern departments of Nippes, Grand Anse and Sud.

Work includes repairing 43km of secondary and tertiary roads in Haiti’s southern peninsula, upgrading 2km of paving and drainage at urban crossings, building two bridges over Rivière Froide and extending the Miragoane lagoon.

In addition, roads surrounding Aquin, L’Asile and Anse à Veaux will be upgraded to improve connectivity between the valley of Rivière des Pins and capital city Port-au-Prince as well as to other trade centres.

The new grant is third in a series of four annual donations by the bank to Haiti for road rehabilitation.