As we noted yesterday the current administration is focused on wrapping on several infrastructural projects. In continuing with our interview with the CEO Errol Gentle in the Ministry of Works he gave an overview of those projects around the country, here is what he had to say about the northern areas.
Errol Gentle, CEO, Ministry of Works: “In the north we have what we refer to as the Sarteneja Road, that is a road that is being funded by the government of Taiwan. That road is being done by a Taiwanese company Belizeans of course are employed and that started some about eight months or so so the construction of the road is well underway so that’s the first road. That road will also have two bridges. The Pueblo Nuevo Ferry will be replaced by a bridge as well as the Laguna Seca Ferry so we’ll have again a road built to international standard and two bridges where the ferries are at the moment. Very important for that area because the entire area from Corozal going towards Chunox you know if there’s any emergency, if there is any flooding for example then we will not be able to use the ferry and they would have to come all the way through Orange Walk and then into Corozal so that’s again a very important link for us.”
As for projects in Belize City, CEO Gentle says there are several in progress that have to do with the flood mitigation project.
Errol Gentle, CEO, Ministry of Works:“In Belize City we have a couple small projects that people might not even know about that has to do with flood mitigation mitigating the flood in the Belize City area. We had a first project that was concentrated more in the Belama area and now this other project is actually downtown Belize City. We have if you continue now going west we have started again some time ago we have the Coastal Road. Mr.Moody is also the coordinator for that project. That project is multi million, hundred and odd million dollars project linking from mile thirty along most of the same alignment of the old Coastal Road again some of the bridges there some will be upgraded and new bridges will be constructed and then that road comes out links the Hummingbird Highway at the six miles junction so that is well underway. And then we have the Caracol Road, again a very very important road for the development of the western part of the country. Agriculture, tourism, security because the Belize Defence Force does a lot of work in that area. We’re doing what we call the section one at this moment which has two lots. We’re doing the Georgeville to the Tripartite Junction and then back to Santa Elena so we’re looking at both of the approaches from the western highway. That part of the project is being done by the Belize Roadway Company and then from there from the Tripartite Junction we go towards Blancaneaux and that part of the road is being constructed by A&M construction so that’s the first leg that is somewhere in the region of about $50 million. We have a second section coming that will move from where the first phase will stop and move all the way to the Caracol ruin itself, that is being tendered at this moment and we hope to start that road hopefully within the next two or three months.”
CEO Gentle went on to explain that there are also road works in the pipeline that they are looking to begin soon.
Errol Gentle, CEO, Ministry of Works: “What we have coming soon it is in the planning stage in fact we have already done the pre-qualification evaluation that has been sent to the funding agency which is the Caribbean Development Bank is the Philip Goldson Highway Project known as the 7th Road Project and that will start from Mile 24 1/2 and goes all the way to the Belize/Mexico border as well as the Remate Road loop will also be done. Again a very important road. If you know this section of the road has not been upgraded in quite some while in fact it was built in the early 80’s and if I may take this opportunity to sound my own or sound our own horn the road is still standing so it means that we’re doing something good. So all the road projects we’re doing we’re doing to international standard and we don’t expect to have any major rehabilitation of those roads of course we’ll go now and again to do certain maintenance but no major rehabilitation within the next twenty five to fifty years that is the standard that we work here.”