Last month the Belize City Council received an asphalt truck under its flood mitigation project. It was one out of five pieces of heavy machinery that was received through a contract with Gentrac. Today the asphalt truck was taken out for a test run on Link Road in Belama Phase Three. Belize City Councilor who is responsible for CEMO, Phillip Willoughby shared more.
“This is a field exercise for the operator who received training about two weeks ago from the specialist from Chicago from who the asphalt truck was procured from but via Gentrac who won the bid so today we will be witnessing for the first time ever the city council with its brand new asphalt truck and it is within the flood mitigation area and it will complement the flood mitigation infrastructure project so a lot of work will be done and will continue to be done as a result of the new assets that have been procured due to the flood mitigation infrastructure project. But it will not be necessarily be assigned solely to this particular area, these vehicles and everything else that comes with the project will be shared across Belize City to serve the residents of Belize city in an effort to improve the quality of life.”
“What is the cost of this particular work?”
“Well we got the asphalt for a little over $5,000. We purchased 1,000 gallons of asphalt, the street preparation and material was procured by the Belize City Council and all the other works by our human resources. The roller we used on the street and the sweeping the roller came via the flood mitigation project. So you will see it would have just been the purchasing of the asphalt and well what is a fixed expenditure would be the salaries for the staff so I believe it would have run a little below $7,000.”
“How is it that this particular stretch of street was chosen for this project?”
“Well because it falls directly within the flood mitigation project zone, this is one of the shortest streets for us to do the exercise so it was easy for us to choose this area. It’s a short distance from here to the bridge but it is a wide and heavily traversed area and if you recall this particular stretch was problematic area when it came to flooding as well as the potholes and so forth so we are hoping that we will do this first coat and then in one week time we will do the chip and seal to seal the first coat.”
The new truck will be use around the city as part of the flood mitigation project.