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Creating Safe Transportation Routes in Honduras


Comunidad Guadalupe Carney, Trujillo, Colón, Honduras.

Lat/Long: 15.920695°, -85.872602°

Honduras Team
Current Scope:Culvert Design and Construction
Next Meeting:Every other Monday. Check the calendar for our next meeting.
Status:The team will be travelling in May 2017 to complete the second phase of our assessment for the roadway crossings and the water system. The initial phase was completed in January 2016. We plan to complete design and construction of the improvements in 2018.

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Program Background


Guadalupe Carney is a community in rural Honduras that has had troubles finding safe routes for travel during rain storms. Heavy rain has forced community members to walk along dangerous roads. With construction of culverts we can prevent the safe travel routes from washing away.

Program Goals


The goal of the Honduras program is to improve safety and quality of life for the residents of Guadalupe Carney, a village of about 1000 located near the Caribbean coast of Honduras. The program will provide engineering, design, and construction for safe and reliable roadway water crossings, and a water system and provides a clean and reliable water source for community members.  During the monsoon season, the roadways flood due to inadequately constructed road crossings. As a result many of these streams create impassable crossings and stagnant pools of water that attract mosquitoes during the rainy season, drastically increasing instances of malaria and dengue fever.  The monsoons also bring swiftly moving waters that erode or washout the road crossings. When the roadways washout, community members are forced to walk on a busy and dangerous multiuse highway to move throughout the community. This situation has resulted in more than twenty vehicular-pedestrian fatalities since 2000. Approximately one-quarter of the community members do not have access to a clean and reliable water source. For those that do, the water system pipes water to their homes from a small reservoir above the village; however, the annual monsoon washes out the pipeline most years, leaving the town without clean, accessible water for prolonged periods of time.


Travel Team Members


The travel team consists of six Portland engineering professionals. Their respective companies and roles in the program are as follows:

  • Kyle Wolfe (GRI) Responsible Engineer in Charge; 
  • Margaret Oscilia (Farallon Consulting) Program Leader; 
  • Theo Malone (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) Professional Mentor; 
  • Carolyn Mariano (HDR) Health and Safety Officer; 
  • Hannah Marre (Mackenzie) Design Lead; 
  • Quinn Behnke (GHD) Education Lead and Translator.
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