MIDH To Commence Road Rehabilitation Project on the Philip Goldson Highway
The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) has two road rehabilitation projects in the pipeline. Improvements will be made to portions of the Philip Goldson Highway in Belize City because the infrastructure has been compromised. The first project aims to repair the roundabout at mile 3.5 near Benny’s Apartments and Reimer’s Feed Mill. The second project will focus on the road pavement between mile 3.5 and Ladyville. The MIDH’s Engineering Coordinator, Evondale Moody explains that the area has been experiencing differential settlement caused by irregularities in the soil.
Evondale Moody, Engineer Coordinator, MIDH: “Even after the years that we’ve been reconstructing the road over and over it continues to have the differential settlement. So what we’re doing as a temporary measure right now is to try and improve the sections that are settling, bring them back to a level standard. We also have the roundabout that we’re experiencing some settlement on that section for about fifty percent of that roundabout and so our idea is to pile the roundabout. So we will have it on pile foundations with beam and then have a new concrete pavement on the roundabout itself. Similarly we would like to do that for the roadway it self but at this current time we need to just rehabilitate it so that it’s adequate for motorists to use. Our permanent solution which we’re currently working on at this time is to pile the entire 2.5 kilometers of that section of the road to tie into the Haulover Bridge that we’re presently constructing. If you’ve noticed on the Haulover Bridge itself it’s much wider than the river itself. The bridge structure is approximately 120 meters but the approaches that we’re doing is an additional 200 meters on the south and north side of the approaches and those sections also are piled in an effort that we don’t have settlement on the approach to the new bridge.”
Work is scheduled to commence on February 8, 2023, and will last for six months.