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Belize Roads

The road network in Belize consists of 3,281 km of which approximately 601 km are paved and 2680 km are unpaved.

The following roads constitute the four main road networks. They consist of asphalt-paved two-lane roads. Due to continuous maintenance they are in good condition for transportation:

-       Philip Goldson Highway (formerly Northern Highway), between Belize City and the Mexican border north of Corozal, about 95 miles or 153 km (Referred in the map as “N”)

-       George Price Highway (formerly Western Highway), between Belize City and the Guatemalan border near Benque Viejo del Carmen, about 81 miles or 130 km(Referred in the map as “W”)

-       Hummingbird Highway, from Belmopan to Dangriga, about 55 mile or 89 km (Referred in the map as “H”)

-       Southern Highway, from Dangriga to Punta Gorda (Referred in the map as “S”), 157.3 km

Most maps also include the Old Northern Highway, which provides access to the Altun Ha ruins. This single-lane road is partly paved, but deteriorates dramatically just north of the access road to the ruins.

The Coastal Highway, also known as the Manatee Highway or the Shortcut, connects the Western Highway (48 km west of Belize City) with the Stann Creek Valley near Dangriga. This highway is all gravel and may wash out during heavy rains.

The Ministry of Public Works is responsible for planning, construction and maintenance of the country’s roads and bridges, as well as some roads, drains and waterways in cities. There are serious shortfalls in the resources to meet the repair demand of the highways, with nearly all streets having areas of disrepair. Road infrastructure is financed by the national government, as well as by grants and loans from bilateral and multilateral sources, all implemented by the Ministry of Public Works.

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link:

 4.1 Belize Government Contact List.

Distance Matrix

Distances from Capital City to Major Towns (km)

 

Belmopan

Belize City

San Ignacio

Benque Viejo  

Corozal

 Santa Elena

Dangriga

Punta Gorda

Belmopan

 

88

118

130

228

238

89

246

Belize City

88

 

118

218

153

163

177

334

San Ignacio

118

206

 

12

359

369

207

364

Benque Viejo

130

218

12

 

358

368

219

376

Corozal

228

153

359

371

 

10

317

474

Santa Elena

238

163

356

368

10

 

327

484

Dangriga

89

177

207

219

317

327

 

335

Punta Gorda

246

334

364

376

474

484

335

 

 

 

Travel Time from Capital City to Major Towns (hours’ minutes”)

 

Belmopan

Belize City

San Ignacio

Benque Viejo

Corozal

Santa Elena

Dangriga

Punta Gorda

Belmopan

 

1’25”

1’55”

2’10”

3’25”

3’35”

1’25”

3’50”

Belize City

1’25”

 

2’55”

2’10”

2’18”

2’32”

2’52”

4’35”

San Ignacio

1’55”

2’55”

 

17”

5’12”

5’08”

2’55”

5”20”

Benque Viejo

2’10”

3’02”

17”

 

5’30”

5’25”

“3’12”

5’37”

Corozal

3’25”

2’18”

5’12”

5’30”

 

14”

4’32”

6’55”

Santa Elena

3’35”

2’32”

5,08”

5’25”

14”

 

4’32”

7’15”

Dangriga

1’25”

2’52”

2’55”

3’12

4’32”

4’42”

 

4’51”

Punta Gorda

3’50”

4’35”

‘5’20”

5’37”

6’55”

7’15”

4”51”

 

Road Security

There is very little control on the roads by the police or the state authorities. Traffic signals and speed limits are not much respected. While in villages and along roads, presence of public authorities is weak, the frequency of controls increases close to large cities.  Frequent accidents include frontal accidents on the highway between Belize City and Belmopan.

On overland transports, weight indication for trucks is not specified. Equally, bridges are not marked with the maximum weight or the number of axes allowed and technical Management is not available.

 

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