Southern Highway (Belize)

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Southern Highway
Route information
Length156.2 km (97.1 mi)
Major junctions
From Dangriga
To Punta Gorda
Highway system
Roads in Belize
Southern Highway just south of Deep River Southern Highway, Toledo District, Belize.jpg
Southern Highway just south of Deep River

In Belize, the Southern Highway takes up where the Hummingbird Highway ends and runs from Dangriga to Punta Gorda. [1] It is entirely paved, with the completion of a 10-mile segment between Golden Stream and Big Falls circa 2008–09. The Southern Highway provides important access to a number of Mayan ruins and natural areas. The ancient Mayan sites of Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun are each situated a few miles west of the highway in southern Belize. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is several miles west of the highway in south-central Belize. [2]

In 2011, a project was initiated, and complete by 2015, to extend the Southern Highway 21.4 mi/34.5 km to Jalacte in southwestern Belize. [3]

Junction list

LocationkmMileDestinationNotes
Stann Creek 0.00.0 Hummingbird Highway Elevation, 21 m
16.110.0Road into Commerce BightElevation, 23 m
19.812.3Road into Hopkins Elevation, 19 m
31.119.3Placencia Road Placencia, Riversdale, Seine BightElevation, 30 metres
70.543.8Turnoff to Monkey River Town Elevation, 20 m
Toledo 124.677.4Turnoff to Silver Creek, San Miguel, San Pedro ColumbiaElevation, 29 m
133.783.1Junction: road southeast to Toledo District  – Punta Gorda; northwest along Jalacte road to Jimmy Cut, Pueblo Viejo, Blue Creek, Aguacate, Otoxha and DoloresElevation, 24 metres
138.686.1Machaca Forest StationElevation, 34 m
143.088.9Road to Piebra, Barranco, Conejo, Crique SarcoElevation, 15 m
148.392.1West access road Punta Gorda Elevation, 24 m
156.297.1West access roadTerminus of highway; elevation, 7 metres

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References

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  2. "Hotels Near the Southern Highway in Belize City". USA Today . Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  3. "The Last Link To Guatemala In Process Of Paving". 7 News Belize. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2013.