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Guatemala starts construction of Sayaxché highway

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Guatemala starts construction of Sayaxché highway

Work on Guatemala's 16km, 668mn-quetzal (US$83.6mn) Sayaxché highway between Sayaxché municipality, Petén department, and Chisec municipality, Alta Verapaz department, has started. 

The project also includes a viaduct “to prevent the overflowing of La Pasión river putting the population at risk,” according to a social media post by the communications, infrastructure and housing ministry

Consultoría y Constructora del Kyrios, which won the contract in August, is carrying out the works. 

According to the 2021 ministry request for federal funds, the six-meter-wide highway will also connect surrounding communities, boosting trade.

“The population of the rural area does not currently have a route that provides easy access to neighboring communities like Santa Isabel, Comixtun, Yalcachimba and Petén, to buy and sell products, and access education and health services, which represents a greater problem during the rainy season,” the request said. 

The project will also absorb traffic from the Sayaxché municipality access through highway PET-11, alleviating congestion. “The aim is to improve it with a project that boosts the traffic flow of the route, with an improved sewage system that allows to drain rainwater, which is one of the main reasons for its deterioration,” the ministry said.

Construction is expected to take 24 months.

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