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Mar 1, 2011

Will security problems from upgraded road access outweigh the economic benefits?

A loan of forty-eight million dollars will be spent to upgrade twenty three miles of road in the south that will link the Southern Highway to the Belize/Guatemala border. Tonight’s question is: Do you think the security problems from the upgraded road access will outweigh the economic benefits to the south?  Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll at You can also send an email with your comments to

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7 Responses for “Will security problems from upgraded road access outweigh the economic benefits?”

  1. Lucas says:

    Developement is always accompanied by risk for example: Some do not want to drill because of the possibility of an environmental disaster. With paved highways the risk of accident increases and the list can go on and on. Will the benefit outweigh the risk?, that depends on how much risk an individual can tolerate. In 84, I travelled, sometimes on foot, that highway many times. The answer is foresight. As in all aspect of live, one must see the problem ahead and deal with it before it becomes a real problem. I am for the improvement and I tell you why: The more the South is developed, the more Belize asserts its’ sovereignty over that contested territory and it draws us closer to the Pacific. If security is a concern, the govt. can establish a military garrison in one of the many stratigic areas that abound in that stretch of highway. As a matter of fact, Salamanca Military Camp is not far from San Antonio. I would also like to see a Bridge over Rio Gorda (Sarstoon) with a road that connects with Barranco and also La Union Road way up to Aguas Turbias. And why not, a well developed deep water port with railways connecting with Mexico which would connect us with California.How I wish P.U.D.P. govts. would dream big in developing the country rather than developing their own pockets.

  2. rasman says:

    Two things everyone should know about this much talked about highway. It will not be the upgrade ( quality) unlike the southern highway. Many of the aligment that were recommendment by experts are not going to happen. First example, the road should go around the village of San Antonio; it will now go through the village which have no room for the100 feet required.

    The twenty three miles of road that will be upgrade from Dump to the Jalacte will not be join to the Pan American Highway anytime soon as is advertised. The road will end close to Jalacte. The Pan American Highway is about 25-30 miles from the border. If Guatemala is going to put an all weather road to the border will Belize then the government statement on the road would be accurate. Maybe the government should be asked whether the Guatemalan Government is planning to build the all weather road to the border. I was in Santa Cruz the village that sit on the border at Jalacte, nobody know about any road updgrade to their village.

  3. soldier says:

    Hold on,Hold on,48 million$ to pave 23 miles?this makes no sence at all,why is no one asking himself this question,how can 23 miles of farm roads to be paved cost 48 million$$?someone in the government,or law firm, are definately stealing,this little project tells me that belize has the biggest criminals in the government,and private company,cisco who gets all the sweet deals.

  4. MyLegacyB4myPeople says:

    Maybe the people should first be informed what the reason for building this road is, what economic benefits can we expect? Is this the road that Great Britain was to have built and never did that caused this dispute between Guatemala and Belize, if such a road is to be built for which I don’t see where this would benefit Belize, maybe we should get Guatemala to drop their baseless claim to Belize before such construction begins, watever beef they have should be with Britain not with Belize. There is enough corruption going on in Belize that this road could most certainly be a security issue along with the possibility of having the security being manned by these naturalized Guatemalans that never should have obtained Belizean citizenship in the first place. Remember, My Legacy B 4 My People.

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  6. louisville,ky says:

    Lucas, I must admit that I agree with you on the points brought to the fore. A road of this nature can only mean more development for that part of the country that has been considered, forgotten.
    Push the upgrade and open up the south. After all it’s long overdue.

  7. Juan says:

    A ver! Seamos sensatos, una carretera siempre trae progreso. No vengamos ahora con que la construcción de esta carretera aumentará el tráfico y la inmigración ilegal. Eso es una falacia, pues el mejor sitio para cruzar una frontera sin ser visto es el bosque. En las carreteras siempre habrá migración. La integración de América Central, este pequeño istmo de 40 millones de personas es necesario y ya es hora que se realice. Los beliceños no pueden permanecer aislados como los surinamenes, es ilógico. Bueno, sólo espero que lo piensen un poco.! Hasta Luego!

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