Bi-National Border Bridge Opens

All text and images in this article courtesy of Lincoln Eiley of Corozal Realty.

The much anticipated Bi-national Border Bridge between Mexico and Belize opens unceremoniously late last week. The Mexican Government had dispatched personnel from the Mexican Army to Belize to assist the Belizean government in the construction of a stretch of approximately 500 meters of highway that is located on the Belizean side of the northern border in the Santa Elena area of the Corozal District connecting the new bridge.

Belize and Mexico signed an agreement for the construction of the bridge back in June of 2005 when the then-President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, visited Belize. The Mexican government agreed to finance the construction of the bridge, 500 meters of road from the bridge into the Belizean territory, and the access road from the bridge to the Subteniente Lopez community in Santa Elena located in the state of Quintana Roo. Those projects were completed since 2008.

However, the Belize government was unable to construct the stretch of road, approximately 500 meters off the foot of bridge on the Belize side of border. The Mexican government said that the project was in reference to an agreement between the two governments that was first made in 2008 to open a new international bridge to encourage trade between the two countries. The Mexican government anticipates that the bridge will offer more efficient and secure movement of people and goods and will directly benefit more than 2,900 people living on both sides of the Belize-Mexico border.

The construction of the bridge and access road is estimated to have cost the Mexican government approximately 150 million pesos or at today's rate a little over twenty-seven million dollars in Belize currency. The new route is riddled with directional signs, so no one should get misdirected. We share some photos so you can follow the flow of traffic when you now travel to Mexico from the Corozal District, Belize. The Corozal Daily found the new experience of crossing the border flawless and the Mexican authorities were very polite and extremely helpful on all the directional and immigration questions we asked. We did not seem to have the bottle neck traffic jams once experienced at the old bridge crossing but can we have a better sign on our Belize side?

After leaving Immigration in Belize:

Check-in area, light vehicles go straight, buses go right. First window is immigration, park to get checked in and pay for spray. Vehicle will be sprayed at exit point.
As you continue, you'll see signs that clearly direct you toward Chetumal.
When you start home, drive under the bypass to leave the same way. note—before this article was posted we went to Chetumal. No warning about the new route but we were delighted! We did not drive under the bypass on the way home and ended up in Subteniente Lopez, which wasn't too bad but not what we intended!



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