Guatemala: New Private Highway Planned

Private investors are planning to build a four-lane highway, 31 kilometers long, which would serve as a beltway for vehicles passing through the municipalities of San Bernardino, Mazatenango and Cuyotenango, department of Suchitepéquez.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

This new investment would be executed in a format similar to that of the Via Alterna del Sur (VAS), which is private and operates on a toll basis, and crosses the southern municipalities of the metropolitan area between these Villa Nueva and Villa Canales, in the department of Guatemala.

The new road, which will be on the South Coast and will require about $156 million in investment, will be an alternate route of the CA-2 West highway, specifically between kilometer 142 and 173.

See "Road Infrastructure: Projects for $3.3 Billion"

Luis Pedro Batres, consultants of IDC firm, explained to that "... 56 private owners were identified on the land. Of these, we have already had conversations with 100% and 97% of them agree and have provided a letter of interest to sell, with the remaining 3% still under negotiation."

Also see "Guatemala: Private Road to be Ready by 2020"

Batres added that they have already spoken "... with the mayors of San Lorenzo, Santo Domingo, Mazatenango and San Gabriel. They have yet to talk about the issue with the three municipalities of Suchitepequez and those of Retalhuleu, he added. Among these are San Antonio, San José El Ídolo, Cuyotenango, San Andrés Villa Seca and Santa Cruz Mulúa."

According to the consulting firm, the charge for using the road section would be similar to that of the VAS and the Palín-Escuintla highway, which charge about Q15 for a light vehicle.

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