El Salvador is set to spend some $35 million to improve its rural roads that tie into key cities throughout the country. The rehabilitation and/or improvement of some 80 km of rural roads within a new approach to rural roads management which enhances the investment planning and programming process, optimizing cost and project impact. The ultimate objective of the program is to contribute to Government’s objective of reducing poverty and boosting economic growth for households in the area around the road works. Specifically, the program is expected to increase economic activity in the project areas, lower vehicle operating costs while increasing vehicle operating speeds, and reduced the incidence of impassable roads. Thus far El Salvador has spent close $100 million in rural road improvements since early 2002 all in an effort to connect rural residents to jobs and centers of trade.