Completion Date Set for Phillip Goldson Highway Roundabout
The public can expect the roundabout on mile 3.5 on the Phillip Goldson Highway to be completed in March. Remedial work by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) on the highway and roundabout near Reimers Feed Mill began last year in February and was expected to last 6 months. Engineering Coordinator, Evondale Moody explained that the remaining pedestrian rails need to be installed as well as other minor metal works.
Evondale Moody, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing: “The delays we had was that we had significant problems in the location of the BTL underground ducts and we also had to take some time to ensure that we don’t damage the 24 inch water pipe that is there. So that line and the BTL line took us some time and so that caused some delay to the contractor but we think it was important for us to take our time especially with the BWS pipe because if we had broken that pipe we would have cut off water to the entire Belize City and that would have taken us at least a week to fix and from what we gathered from BWS the capacity that they have in Belize City for water is only for twenty four hours and so we deemed it necessary for us to encourage the contractor to ensure that he takes his time in doing the piling works that were required. We expect that those works will be completed by the 2nd of March. I got that last update from the contractor about two days ago and so right now they’re working on the beams and thereafter they’ll be pouring the deck slab for the circle and then complete those works. So we expect that before we open the new bridge we will have that roundabout open as well.”
The work intends to address the differential settlement of the underlying roundabout structure foundation at this location.