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Hummingbird Highway

The Hummingbird Highway is one of the four major highways in Belize. It connects the Western Highway outside of Belmopan, Cayo District with the Southern Highway outside of Dangriga, Stann Creek District. It partially follows, and sometimes uses the infrastructure of, the former Stann Creek Railway (see Rail transport in Belize).

Photo : The Hummingbird Highway as seen from atop the Blue Hole NP Observation tower

A paving project was completed in 1994. All the citrus produced in Belize travels along this highway to the two major processing plants in Stann Creek district. There are numerous small villages along the highway. A new bridge was completed over the Sibun River in 2004, and a new bridge inaugurated in 2006 across Silver Creek; however, there are still several one-lane dilapidated bridges over numerous creeks and streams.

The traffic along the Hummingbird Highway has been on the increase lately due to an increase in demand for eco-tourism and the passage of petroleum trucks, which use the Highway as a shortcut en-route to the Western Highway (which terminates at the Guatemala border). The Hummingbird Highway is the only Highway in Belize which cuts through the mountains of Belize. The highway rests in a valley which comprises citrus orchards in the lowland and untouched jungle habitat on the outskirts and beyond.

Junction list

District km Mile Destination Notes
Cayo 0.0 0.0 Western Highway Elevation, 43 m
1.2 0.7 Forest Drive Northern access into Belmopan
2.3 1.4 Constitution Drive Traffic circle junction;, the main artery into central Belmopan
29.9 18.6 Bridge over Sibun River Elevation, 75 m
55.8 34.7 Bridge over Mullins River Elevation, 102 m
Stann Creek 73.6 45.7 South end of Coastal Highway (Manatee Highway) Extends 57 km to Western Highway; elevation, 24 metres
77.6 48.2 Southern Highway Elevation, 21 metres
86.4 53.7 End of highway at traffic circle, joining Havana Street in Dangriga Elevation, 3 metres

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