Crooked Tree Causeway Being Upgraded
In the Belize District, the Ministry of Infrastructure Development is working on mitigating the possible effects of future flooding. Bradley explained.
Lennox Bradley, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing: “We all know that when that Crooked Tree Causeway goes underwater sometimes it could be for months and so since you mentioned that we are telling you all that we are already preparing in advance if the water from Guatemala comes down this side and that causeway goes underwater. We are right now clearing the channel, the canal the Coast Guard normally uses to transport residents to and from the village so we are preparing that. We have something similar in Yo Creek and San Antonio we have a canal alongside the paved road there where we normally clean out as well because that’s an area that they use to move residents by boat. So all these things we have these scenarios in mind and we are clearing all the channels so that we could try alleviate any inconvenience to the public as far as we can. We did have a project I think about three or four years ago that was funded by the CDB for the design and upgrading of that causeway. That consultancy was done and I also go even further we have already gotten approval from both the financial secretary and the Contractor General to pave 3.7 kilometers from the highway into the causeway and then the plan is phase two of the plan is that next year during the dry season when the water level is very low we build a diversion so that we can construct maybe three bridges, small bridges and upgrade the other portion to the village. So there is a plan we are just executing that plan in phases. Slowly but surely.”