Landslides, crashes and other incidents complicate traffic in the metropolitan area

Traffic at various points in the metropolitan area is complicated this Monday, June 20, after the collapse of sections on main roads, due to the inclement weather affecting the country.

On the Inter-American highway, residents traveling from the west to the capital have to stand in long lines due to the landslide that occurred last Sunday at kilometer 24.

Personnel from the municipalities of Mixco and San Lucas Sacatepéquez, as well as Provial and Covial, have been working for several hours to clear the road, because the passage was closed in all four lanes due to the large dimensions of the landslide.

This Monday, the Municipal Traffic Police of Mixco reported that two lanes are already enabled, which are used to allow passage to the capital and then the passage to the west is allowed.

Work continues to enable the entire route.

In the place, several kilometers of vehicles are reported heading towards the capital; meanwhile, on the way to the west the number of cars is less, but it is also complicated.

Another of the most affected points is the route to the Pacific, due to the collapse at kilometer 15 that affects residents of Villa Nueva and thousands who daily go from the south of the country to the capital.

During the weekend, the hole grew several meters, despite the repair work carried out by the authorities and with which they anticipated that the route would be temporarily rehabilitated.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction and local authorities determined on Saturday that repair work had to stop while the results of studies are obtained.

The material that the Ministry of Communications and Covial had dumped in the cavern was washed away and the passage of heavy transport through the area was suspended.

Due to this sinking, the authorities recommended passing through San Lucas Sacatepéquez as an alternative, but this was affected by the large-scale landslide at kilometer 23.

“Due to the emergency at km 24 of the Inter-American highway, it affects us in Villa Nueva because a great demand for vehicles will begin to circulate from Milpas Altas to Bárcenas, looking for the route to the Pacific and Guatemala City,” said Henry Quevedo, spokesman for the Municipal Traffic Police of Villa Nueva.

The Municipal Traffic Police of Villa Nueva reported this Monday that in addition to the collapse at kilometer 15, other landslides were addressed that made it difficult to pass on some alternate routes.

This is how the pass is found on the Inter-American route

The landslide at km 24 of the Inter-American highway continues to affect traffic to the capital. (Free Press Photo: Carlos H. Ovalle)
The landslide at km 24 of the Inter-American highway continues to affect traffic to the capital. (Free Press Photo: Carlos H. Ovalle)
The landslide at km 24 of the Inter-American highway continues to affect traffic to the capital. (Free Press Photo: Carlos H. Ovalle)
The landslide at km 24 of the Inter-American highway continues to affect traffic to the capital. (Free Press Photo: Carlos H. Ovalle)

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