Mayor Announces New Street Works and City Projects

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Updated: March 30, 2016

An official opening held by the Belize City Council for upcoming infrastructural works in the city was held this morning at the Cinderella Plaza in Belize City.  During his address to the small gathering made up of the council’s employees and the media, Mayor Darrell Bradley spoke of what this phase of the project will entail.

MAYOR DARRELL BRADLEY

“This morning what we want to do is unveil this relatively small infrastructure project. We will unveil this morning the concreting of the Cinderella Plaza which is a continuation of the flood mitigation project. You will see extensive works going on in the Belama Phase 3&4 areas, the linking up of several canal ways, the installation of several bridges, the total redevelopment of two parks in the Belama area and then also the connection of the canal way under the Douglas Jones street, Cinderella plaza and then out into the Caribbean Sea.”

This morning’s venue is one of the areas that Mayor Bradley says will be given much needed attention as the plaza will be concreted with a renovation of the taxi stand presently in place.

MAYOR DARRELL BRADLEY

“I also want to announce that the council has come to terms with the one contractor who gave us works that were not signed off on so that we have a retention for that person in the amount of approximately $190,000 and we are already doing the redevelopment in relation to using that retention to renovate and in some cases entirely reconstruct some of the work that the council was not satisfied with and we point attention to Muscle Street which we completed works in terms of hot mixing on that area last week Friday and Saturday. We did it over those two days because we didn’t want to interrupt the flow of traffic but if you go on Muscle Street right now that is a perfectly finished and hot mixed street and again that bore no further cost to members of the public because we used the retention that we had from the contractor to carry out those works and so what we are going to do in relation to that specific aspect of the concreting project is that we will go street by street. We have identified eleven streets that need either partial or substantial repairs and we are going to draw down from that retention, we are working with the contractor and we are also working with Cisco Construction in relation to working on those projects.”

In addition to the Cinderella Plaza, there are eleven streets that will be worked on as well including Saint Joseph Street and the canal side near Public’s Supermarket.  Mayor Bradley listed those streets and also spoke on works currently in progress.

MAYOR DARRELL BRADLEY

“We are also unveiling the concreting of approximately six streets, or the finishing of seven streets in Belize City. This will include Cinderella Plaza, the area of Baymen Avenue and Kelly Street, it will include the entire length of St.Joseph Street. We commenced the first portion of St.Joseph Street from Princess Margaret Drive to St.Thomas Street. The entire remaining length of the street from St.Thomas Street to Baymen Avenue will be concreted. One of the things that we did in our analysis is saw the importance of St.Joseph Street as a bypass to Princess Margaret drive in terms of the roundabout and also Freetown road so that will be able to take you from this part of the city to the area of Princess Margaret Drive and along the Northern Highway in a shortened time. We are also doing the finishing portions of Queen Street, we are doing Dolphin Drive. We had started a section of East Canal but we did not finish the section from Bishop Street to Regent Street West that will be completed as well as the entire length of West Canal especially in front of Public’s. That area has been an area of significant concern to members of the public including that we have received complaints from members of the Indian business community in that area particularly the vendors and owners of businesses including Public’s and we decided that that was very strategically important. We are also doing Eyre Street and we are doing the continuation of University Drive and so that when we unveil this project today including the development of Cinderella Plaza it will include immediate commencement of work along all of those streets.”

In recent months, there were complaints of some of the cemented streets already deteriorating with one of them being Mosul Street.  Mayor Bradley spoke of that particularly street and how the council has recently addressed it and how it will be addressing similar situations.

MAYOR DARRELL BRADLEY

“I also want to announce that the council has come to terms with the one contractor who gave us works that were not signed off on so that we have a retention for that person in the amount of approximately $190,000 and we are already doing the redevelopment in relation to using that retention to renovate and in some cases entirely reconstruct some of the work that the council was not satisfied with and we point attention to Muscle Street which we completed works in terms of hot mixing on that area last week Friday and Saturday. We did it over those two days because we didn’t want to interrupt the flow of traffic but if you go on Muscle Street right now that is a perfectly finished and hot mixed street and again that bore no further cost to members of the public because we used the retention that we had from the contractor to carry out those works and so what we are going to do in relation to that specific aspect of the concreting project is that we will go street by street. We have identified eleven streets that need either partial or substantial repairs and we are going to draw down from that retention, we are working with the contractor and we are also working with Cisco Construction in relation to working on those projects. All of these projects are being launched simultaneously with this launch of the Cinderella Plaza project and members of the public will see those works commence within this week.”

The ceremony began just after ten o’clock this morning and included the unveiling of a sign of the upcoming works.  Mayor Bradley, in his presentation today also announced that the Deputy Mayor, Dean Samuels along with other Councillors will be retrofitting and rebuilding manhole covers around the city, totalling to just over three thousand six hundred with a value of two hundred and fifty one thousand dollars.  Drain works will also be done in the Lake Independence, Port Loyola and Collet areas.