Aug 20, 2009

Mega-Highway Project to Begin in Guatemala

From Inside Costa Rica

Guatemala - The construction works of the mega-highway project Franja Transversal del Norte, FTN will begin in Guatemala in late October, Guatemala President Alvaro Colom announced Wednesday.

In his radio program on Wednesday: Despacho Presidencial, Colom once more defended that project due to the benefit it brings to more than half a million residents in the adjoining regions.

Project-FTN, a dream of decades ago will soon come true in late October, Guatemala leader said.

Franja Transversal del Norte is a mega-highway project that will cross Guatemala from the Atlantic Ocean, which is at the east of this country, across four departments (provinces) to the border with Mexico in the west.

It is intended to be a multi-way highway, which connects almost 6,500 communities located in the territories of Izabal, Alta Verapaz, Quiche and Huehuetenango, with an investment of 240 million dollars. The road will have an approximate length of 226 miles.

This Highway expects to benefit directly more than half a million residents in the adjoining regions. The project is expected to be finished by Dec. 2011.

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