Progress on New Haulover Bridge Raises Questions About Fate of Historic Landmark
The construction of the new Haulover Bridge is well underway. From an aerial view, the progress of the new bridge and how it will span the Belize River is nothing short of amazing. But what will happen to the historical landmark that currently continues to serve purpose for vehicular traffic. We asked Chief Engineer, Evondale Moody.
Evondale Moody, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing: “That is the idea. We still anticipate that we will have a completion date in December of this year and so the idea is that once we open traffic to the new structure then we will have to formulate a contract for the removal of the old structure. We cannot do that before because one, we need the new structure and two, we also have several water lines for BWSL that crosses that structure and feeds water to Belize City. So we have to ensure that we complete a new structure and we have to ensure that we have the new line up and running to the new structure so that could provide water to Belize City and thereafter, then we’ll be able to demolish that one and then remove the old water lines that are attached to the structure.”
The new bridge, once completed, is forecast to have 100 years with proper maintenance.////