Hummingbird Highway (Belize)

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Hummingbird Highway
Route information
Length 86.4 km (53.7 mi)
Major junctions
From Belmopan
To Dangriga
Highway system
Roads in Belize
The Hummingbird Highway Hummingbird Highway, Stann Creek, Belize.jpg
The Hummingbird Highway

Hummingbird Highway is one of the four major highways in Belize. It connects the George Price Highway outside of Belmopan, Cayo District to the Southern Highway outside of Dangriga, Stann Creek District. It partially follows, and sometimes uses the infrastructure of, the former Stann Creek Railway (see Rail transport in Belize).

Highway A public road or other public way on land

A highway is any public or private road or other public way on land. It is used for major roads, but also includes other public roads and public tracks: It is not an equivalent term to controlled-access highway, or a translation for autobahn, autoroute, etc.

Belize country in Central America

Belize is a country located on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala. It has an area of 22,970 square kilometres (8,867 sq mi) and a population of 387,879 (2017). Its mainland is about 180 mi (290 km) long and 68 mi (110 km) wide. It has the lowest population and population density in Central America. The country's population growth rate of 1.87% per year (2015) is the second highest in the region and one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere.

George Price Highway highway in Belize

The George Price Highway is one of four main highways in Belize. It originates in Belize City, runs west through Hattieville, the Belize Zoo, the capital city of Belmopan, San Ignacio, San José Succotz and terminates at the Guatemalan border at Benque Viejo. The highway bisects the country and ties the eastern and western parts of Belize together. A new steel bridge over Beaver Dam Creek was constructed to replace the broken concrete one.

A paving project was completed in 1994. All the citrus produced in Belize travels along this highway to the two major processing plants in Stann Creek district. There are quite a few small villages along the highway. A new bridge was completed over the Sibun River in 2004, and a new bridge inaugurated in 2006 across Silver Creek; however, there are still quite a few one-lane dilapidated bridges over numerous creeks and streams.

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Sibun River river in Belize

The Sibun River is a river in Belize which drains a large central portion of the country. The Sibun (Xibun) where ancient Maya people who inhabited the region.

The traffic along the Hummingbird Highway has been on the increase lately due to an increase in demand for eco-tourism and the passage of petroleum trucks, which use the Highway as a shortcut en route to the George Price Highway (which terminates at the Guatemala border). The Hummingbird Highway is the only Highway in Belize which cuts through the mountains of Belize. The highway rests in a valley which comprises citrus orchards in the lowland and untouched jungle habitat on the outskirts and beyond.

Junction list

DistrictkmMileDestinationNotes
Cayo 0.0 0.0 George Price Highway Elevation, 43 m
1.2 0.7 Forest Drive Northern access into Belmopan
2.31.4 Constitution Drive Traffic circle junction; the main artery into central Belmopan
29.918.6Bridge over Sibun River Elevation, 75 m
55.834.7Bridge over Mullins River Elevation, 102 m
Stann Creek 73.645.7South end of Coastal Highway (Manatee Highway) Extends 57 km to George Price Highway; elevation, 24 metres
77.648.2 Southern Highway Elevation, 21 metres
86.453.7End of highway at traffic circle, joining Havana Street in Dangriga Elevation, 3 metres

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