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Minister of Infrastructure comments on Current Road Works

Whilst carrying out the overview on the assets in the ministry, Minister Espat says they are also looking at the emergency repairs needed on the highways and thoroughfares.  He noted that Cabinet had given an approval for monies to carry out the repairs.

Whilst carrying out the overview on the assets in the ministry, Minister Espat says they are also looking at the emergency repairs needed on the highways and thoroughfares.  He noted that Cabinet had given an approval for monies to carry out the repairs.

Hon. Julius Espat, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing: “Cabinet approved an emergency budget for the flooding and everything that happened and that was detrimental to our infrastructure and so we have been working tirelessly throughout the whole country. The budget I think was if I’m not mistaken about $12 million dollars and $12 million dollars to anybody seems to be a lot of money but in infrastructure it is extremely – . So what we did is we distributed the work through all the districts in the country. We did and are doing presently substantial work in the north in the Corozal district, in the Orange Walk district with the sugar roads. We are doing presently work in Punta Gorda for the first time they have seen some work in the rural communities, we’re starting to rebuild bridges that were abandoned for years. We are doing work in the Stann Creek district, Hope Creek, Sarawee, we’re doing in all the villages and we’ve been in Independence doing some work also. In the Cayo district we’re also doing rural work in fact right now we have graders in the Los Tambos area in Cayo North East and so the Cayo district is also getting their fair share. The Belize district in the rural areas we are also doing some work and then in the main arteries we have contracts that we will do work from coming out of Belize City from the roundabout all the way to the Burton Canal. Those are paved highways and the problem is we are still under the rainy season, I don’t know somehow it hasn’t stopped raining even over this weekend it rained again. So what we are able to do is just cover up the holes right now and roll it to a certain extent. In the Belize City area we dig some drains that were really important to take the water off the road and taking it out and we have to wait a little until the rain ceases until we put on the tarmac, if we don’t do that then it will break up in a couple months.”.