Good story Steve.
On the social inclusion front, this project is a good example of how transport projects can have both direct and indirect impacts on job creation. Direct impacts are most evident when labor-based construction or maintenance methods are favored, as in Nicaragua.
As you describe, communications, capacity building and affirmative action can also help to ensure that construction, maintenance and related service industry opportunities benefit the poor and those with limited ability to make the complementary investments often required for turning infrastructure investments into increased incomes.
Final thoughts, do you have any impact evaluation data regarding expenditure paterns in beneficiary communities?