Everyone living in the Toledo District knows the government
is in the process of paving the highway to
the Guatemalan border. There have been mixed feelings
about this development but we at the Toledo
Howler believe it will be a good thing all around.
Once the road is paved, getting into PG will be faster
and easier for those living in remote villages. A
smooth, all‐weather surface will reduce wear and
tear on village buses and vehicles generally as well as
reducing fuel consumption.
For tourism, the new road will mean easier access to
some of the most beautiful destinations in the district, such as
Blue Creek and Rio Blanco National Park and falls. Travelling
times to these beauty spots have already been greatly reduced.
The project also includes improved signage along the road which
will help visitors with their own vehicles to find their way around
We are told the present phase of the project is due to be completed
in April 2014—weather permitting of course! Completion
of this phase will mean 20 miles of paved highway from the junction
known as Dump to Treetops, the BDF’s outpost near the
border. There will eventually be a formal border crossing point
although we understand the exact location has not yet been confirmed.
The most challenging aspect of this project, according to our
sources, is the earthworks. Western Toledo is very hilly and becomes
more so as you get closer to the border. This is of course
one reason Toledo is so picturesque but it also means the construction
team have to excavate into hillsides with heavy equipment
to make way for the widened highway. That takes time and
as much dry weather as they can get. We look forward to seeing
completion of the project next year.
The Toledo Howler