Five Colonias Get Road Access
Paving Project to Link 3,300 Residents to Main Island Highway

June 28th, 2012
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Workers June 8 completing the junction of the newly paved road linking Colonia Policarpo Galindo to the main island road. The project will connect five colonias with a total population greater than Los Fuertes.

Workers June 8 completing the junction of the newly paved road linking Colonia Policarpo Galindo to the main island road. The project will connect five colonias with a total population greater than Los Fuertes.

More than 3,000 primarily low-income people in the Sandy Bay area will benefit from improved transportation as a result of a Lps. 3.6 million road-paving project carried out by the Roatan municipal government.

The project will link the communities of Policarpo Galindo, Monte Fresco, Balfate, Las Uvas and Bella Vista – an area of sprawling hillside settlements populated largely by recent arrivals and known collectively to locals as “la Colonia” – to the main island highway. The trunkline was connected to the highway June 8. Spur lines running to the other communities were still under construction at press time.

Roatan Assistant Mayor Clinton Everett said the municipality prioritized the area for road work because the many workers and school children commuting through it created serious mud problems when it rained. He said the population of the area had roughly tripled over the last 10 years, to about 3,300.

A shopkeeper in a mini-super along a soon-to-be-paved section, who said his family had been operating the business three years, expected the paving to have a substantial (“bastante”) impact on residents’ lives. Already there are signs of new construction and sprucing up along the route as people anticipate rising property values and an influx of people and commerce with the improved access to the area.

As of mid-June, with vehicle traffic into the area temporarily suspended while the concrete cured, the junction across from the new road had become an impromptu transport depot and market area, crowded with parked taxis, mini-buses and fruit and vegetable stalls, especially during rush-hour commutes. [/private]

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