Corozal Sarteneja Road Project Progresses Toward Completion

Corozal Sarteneja Road Project Progresses Toward Completion

Works are well underway for the Corozal Sarteneja Road Project in northern Belize.  Despite ground being broken in November 2019, the actual work did not get underway until 2023.  The project is scheduled to be completed in a few months as explained by the government’s Engineer Coordinator, Evondale Moody.

Evondale Moody, Chief Engineer, MIDH: “The Sarteneja project is progressing well, I could say. As you’re aware that project involves the upgrading of 42 kilometers of road from Corozal to Sarteneja inclusive of the construction of two new bridges. So these two new bridges are basically to replace the ferries at Laguna Seca and also at Pueblo Nuevo. The bridge at Laguna Seca has been completed and that has been used by the public as we speak. That was opened in March. We are currently working on completing the Pueblo Nuevo Bridge and that is the notice that we sent out whereby the last seven girders were being transported. The overall project is about 71% completed whereby we have paved approximately 30 kilometers of the 42 kilometers in total and as I said we have completed one bridge and the second bridge structure is about 75% completed. Once we place those girders it’s only of the deck formation that is remaining and also the approach. And then the last section from Pueblo Nuevo into Corozal Town. We have an unexpected completion date of November, December this year for that project. However, we anticipate that the bridge itself will be completed by the end of August so that we will eliminate now both ferries from that area and we don’t need to use those ferries again.”

Another project that is well underway is the J and W Bridge in Belmopan.  According to Moody, this too should be completed by the end of the year.

Evondale Moody, Chief Engineer, MIDH: “The J&W bridge that is the structure that has been constructed in Belmopan in the J&W area. That bridge structure is about 80% completed. We have completed the two abutments. We have installed those girders as well last week. So those were completely installed. And we also installed the deck slab. So all that is remaining for that is the deck and the rails and the approach to that. So with that said that area that is usually susceptible to flooding should not be susceptible to flooding because you will have a bridge that you’ll be able to access in both directions and the flood waters will be able to pass through towards Mount Pleasant. So residents living within that area should have a free flow of traffic movement once that bridge structure is completed because we have elevated that bridge structure I think about nine to 10 feet above existing creek level.”

Moody is attached to the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing.

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