Coming Soon! - Bridge in Santa Elena to replace Hawkesworth
On Thursday April 26th, the Ministry of Works will sign a contract for the upgrading of the Loma Luz Boulevard in Santa Elena. The contract is part of a larger loan agreement between the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Belize, which will also see the construction of a new bridge that will link Santa Elena and San Ignacio.
In total, the CDB will lend Belize US$24.7 million dollars with grant funding of US$249,000. The project will be executed by the Ministry of Works, and will involve the construction of a bypass road around Santa Elena and San Ignacio, upgrading 3.2 kilometers of existing road and the construction of a 1 kilometer of new road as well as a bridge that will span 154 meters across the Macal river. The project is hailed as one, which will decongest downtown San Ignacio and Santa Elena, diverting traffic from the narrow streets of the twin towns.
The project is divided into 4 lots, with the first being the upgrading of the boulevard. This part of this project involves the upgrading of Loma Luz Boulevard for approximately 1 (one) mile to its intersection with Trapiche Road, which is the point along the Macal River where the high-level bridge crossing will be constructed. Also included in the scope of works is the construction of a large diameter roundabout at the Loma Luz Boulevard / Western Highway Junction.
Signing for the first lot will be between the Ministry of Works and CISCO construction Ltd. Engineering and supervision for this project is being provided by Halcrow Group Ltd., with local liaison, the Project Execution Unit, an arm of the Ministry of Works.