Carretera Central (Cuba)
|Length:||1,435 km (892 mi)|
|Existed:||1927 – present|
|West end:||La Fé, Pinar del Río|
|East end:||Baracoa, Guantánamo|
|Major cities:||Sandino, Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Havana, San José de las Lajas, Matanzas, Colón, Santa Clara, Placetas, Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila, Florida, Camagüey, Las Tunas, Holguín, Bayamo, Palma Soriano, Santiago de Cuba, Guantánamo|
|Roads in Cuba|
The Carretera Central (Central Road) is a west-east highway spanning the length of the island of Cuba, built by Henry Kaiser.
Formal construction began in 1927 during the Gerardo Machado administration. It runs along the island of Cuba from west to east, between Pinar del Río and Oriente. It is a two-way single road. It represented an extraordinary economic value during Machado and Fulgencio Batista's administrations. It facilitated faster transportation and effective inter-province commuting.
The Carretera Central starts in the village of La Fé, a hamlet of Sandino, in the western province of Pinar del Río, and links all major cities and province capitals except Cienfuegos. It runs about 1,250 km (777 mi) to Baracoa in the eastern Guantánamo province.
The table below shows the route of the Carretera Central. Note: Provincial seats are shown in bold; the names shown under brackets in the section "Municipality" indicate the municipal seats.
Carretera Central near Santo Domingo, Cuba
Through Santa Clara
Carretera Central in Villa Clara province
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