Repair Work Starts on the Road, North Ambergris Caye

A brief post to tell you some wonderful news – the grader is smoothing the road up north!  It’s like Christmas and my birthday have come all at once.

But let me back up a bit for those who have no idea what I am talking about.   I’ll make this brief.  Ambergris Caye is a long island with the mass of the population in and around San Pedro town.  The roads in the town center are paved.  The main (and often only road) leading north and south of town is paved…for a few miles.  All other roads on Ambergris Caye are hard core, at best, and some sand.

As you head north from San Pedro town…over the bridge…

The bridge north

the road is paved for about 3.5 miles.   And then unpaved.

Over the past year…through the rainy season…and traffic, including the non-stop (from 6am to 5pm) running of dump trucks from the quarry to town…the road has become bad.  And then it became worse.

And then it became a chiropractic situation.

Our daily golf cart jaunt from our home at 7 miles north to San Pedro town turned into a MAJOR grind.   30 minutes turned into almost an hour with jagged rocks exposed and deepening holes.

But…just two days ago…REJOICE!  The grader is here.  The road roller is here.  And in the two days that it has been working, it has smoothed the road between Belizeans Shores, passing Las Terrazas Resort and is already up to Portofino.

Road Mata Grande

2 or 3 miles smoothed.

I won’t ask where the grater is the other 363 days of the year.  I won’t wonder why this isn’t done more often if it only takes a few days.  I won’t ask if this is the Central Government’s grader or the town’s.

I will REJOICE.

The road north is being smoothed!






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  • Oh man, do I remember the joy that this was — and that was when there was no paved road north at all (I sure sound like an old timer, eh?!) The only thing I hated was during the grading itself when it would be all churned up and very hard to ride our bikes on, but once it was done: BLISS! Until a few months later, that is. 🙂

    • It was so crazy dusty today but it’s the dry season…not a dribble of rain for over a month now!