Message to U.S. Citizens–Road Conditions in Guatemala (September 20, 2022)
Location: Throughout Guatemala
Event: The U.S. Embassy has received reports of the condition of certain roads throughout Guatemala due to ongoing construction, and recent heavy rainfall. The information is as follows:
- Km. 246.5, near the La Ruidosa intersection, Morales, Izabal – sinkhole repair work
- Km 204 to 291, from Aldea Quiriguá, Los Amates to the intersection of Puerto Barrios and Puerto Santo Tomás de Castilla – paving work.
- Km 527, on the route below Venado towards Melchor de Mencos – paving work.
- Km 314, on the Chocón Bridge on the highway to Peten – section in poor condition (both lanes damaged). Detour towards the Bailey Bridge at Km 314.
- Km 255, Aldea Nueva Esperanza – section under construction, one lane open.
- Km 275. over the Río Dulce Bridge on the highway to Petén, Río Dulce, Livingston – bridge paving work, one lane open.
- Km 285.5, on the highway to Petén – section in poor condition, sinkhole.
- Km 408 to Km 412 – restrictions to prevent vehicle skidding.
- Km 513, Aldea Las Viñas – unmarked bumps in the road.
- Km. 129 and 131 – small sinkhole.
- Km. 260 from Pajal to Lanquín, Alta Verapaz – repaving of the highway, road opens every hour.
- Km. 113, Cocales, Patulul, Suchitepéquez – pothole work, single lane, alternating traffic every 25 minutes.
- Km. 62 to 66 towards Escuintla towards the Pedro de Alvarado border – road widening work, single lane, alternating traffic every 20 minutes.
- Km. 73, Escuintla – road and bridge repair work, reduced from 4 to 2 lanes.
- Km. 105 to 110, Quezada, Jutiapa – paving work.
- Km. 110, route to El Salvador – road work.
- Km 113.5 – paving work.
- Km. 40 to 45, in the direction of Chimaltenango to Guatemala City – paving work.
- Km. 90 to 126 – road in poor condition.
- Km. 188, San Cristóbal, Totonicapán – construction of overpass.
- Between Godinez and San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá – road construction
- Km 88, Sanarate towards Jalapa – section under repair.
- Km.515 – paving work.
- Km.40 – unmarked bumps in the road.
- Road to El Estor – under repair.
If you need emergency assistance, Guatemala has a dedicated tourism assistance program (called PROATUR) whose sole mission is to assist and protect foreign tourists in Guatemala. Their emergency assistance call center – staffed with Spanish and English speakers – may be contacted 24/7 by calling 1500 or +502-2290-2800.
Actions to Take:
- Monitor local media as well as the websites of CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres), INSIVUMEH (Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología), and PROVIAL (La Dirección General de Protección y Seguridad Vial) for updated weather, road, and hazard information.
- Avoid traveling while heavy rains occur as roads can quickly become extremely unsafe.
- Cautiously use navigation applications that provide directions as certain detours or alternate routes from main roads and highways can lead to unsafe areas or roads affected by flooding or landslides.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit (ready.gov).
- Notify friends and family of upcoming travel plans and let them know you are safe.
- Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
Monitor local media as well as the websites of CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres), INSIVUMEH (Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología), and PROVIAL (La Dirección General de Protección y Seguridad Vial) for updated weather, road, and hazard information.
U.S. Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala
Phone: (502) 2326-4000
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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