The Government of Belize and Nabeel Abdul Raheem Consultants (NARCO) and BECA International Consultants Ltd. signed a contract for the services of consultancy and construction supervision of the Airport Link Road Project. The agreement was signed for close to five million Belize dollars. Minister of Works, Rene Montero, spoke about the project.
“The link road project was appraised by OPEC Fund for International Development and presented to its boards of directors who approved a loan for approximately $12 million USD. The airport link road is approximately 8.1 kilometers or five miles. The proposal includes the construction of one high level bridge crossing the Belize River near to existing airport access road. The proposed alignment intersects the George Price Highway follows some existing trails for the most part traversing low lying marsh land with a bridge crossing the Belize River and finally intersects the airport access road near Gentrac Belize Limited. I must say that this project is very important for the development of Belize because it will create a new link road between the airport and the western highway and will reduce time travel for the visitors coming to visit Belize and either going west or south and it will reduce time and I think it will assist in the agriculture development in the area and also create employment and also for tourism it is a good area for tourism so I think it comes at a right time because it will inject economic development in the country and create employment.”
The services were procured by the Government of Belize as a counterpart measure to its funding partner the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).