Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
#462213 - 04/12/13 11:26 AM Hopkins Road Upgrade to Start
Marty Online   happy


Upgrading of Hopkins road

A Launching Ceremony to signal the start of works for the upgrading of the Hopkins road from the Southern Highway to the Main Street of Hopkins Village at King Cassava will take place on April 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.. The project, funded by the Government of Belize and a grant from the European Union (EU) as part of the Belize Rural Development Project II, will be executed through a contract with Belize Roadway Construction in partnership with Rodla Construction Company Ltd.

Tourists and Belizeans alike with the desire to travel and explore the country of Belize will enjoy the outcome of the project, which will result in the 4 ½ mile road upgraded from gravel to paved status. The project will not only enhance the beauty and appeal of travelling to Hopkins but will also increase the livelihoods of the people of the village by a foreseeable influx of visitors and consequently business to the village of Hopkins.

The works will feature the raising of the road and the widening of bridges which will allow easier access and improved driving safety for road users. The adding of approximately 32 culverts for proper drainage will manage flood waters and help to prevent the deterioration of the road itself. A 300 foot long swale (a depression between slopes to provide for drainage) is also to be incorporated on a portion of the road closer to the entrance of the village to permit water to be effectively channeled without causing structural damage to the road and help minimize the risk of flooding on either side of the road.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Santino Castillo, Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Rene Montero, CEO in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and National Authorising Officer, H.E. Yvonne Hyde, and the EU Technical Support Officer to Belize, Mr. Cosimo Lamberti-Fossati will be present at the Ceremony.

The Guardian


Top
#462304 - 04/13/13 11:10 AM Re: Hopkins Road Upgrade to Start [Re: Marty]
Marty Online   happy

Finally, Hope For Highway to Hopkins

The seaside village of Hopkins is one of the top tourist destinations in Belize but the gravel road to coastal getaway is 4.5 miles of rough riding all the way. It’s been paved before but that was a bloated contract special and only a few chips of that pavement remain. But, now with over five million dollars in EU grant funding, Hopkins road should finally be getting a proper pavement. A launching ceremony to mark the start of work was held today – and Minister of State Santino Castillo underscored the importance of a good roadway to tourism and trade.

Hon. Santiago Castillo Jr. – Minister of State, PM’s Office
"There are approximately 90 tourism based businesses in Hopkins ranging from All-Inclusive hotel and villa properties to beach cabanas, small bars, restaurants, gift shops and rental services. Hopkins toursim, therefore, is incalculable. No tourism plan, however, can be effective if it doesn't have the necessary infrastructure to support it. The government is conscious of this fact and therefore today I am pleased to join the Minister of Works and Transport and his staff to formally launch the rehabilitation of 4.5 miles of the Hopkins Village Road project valued at $5.6m to be implemented over the span of one year. Today we have both Ravel and Rodeo with us and I will challenge them to finish it before the 12 months. This road project will not only contribute tremendously to the further development of toursim in this area but also to the development of Hopkins Village since transportation and access to the village will be easier, thus creating greater business opportunities for all of you."

Work will be done by Belize Roadway Construction in partnership with Rodla Construction Company Ltd. They will heighten of the road, widen the bridges and install 32 culverts to manage flood waters and help to prevent the deterioration of the paved surface. A 300 foot long structure will be incorporated on a portion of the road closer to the entrance of the village to permit water to be effectively roll off without causing structural damage to the pavement.

Channel 7


Top
#462372 - 04/14/13 10:27 PM Re: Hopkins Road Upgrade to Start [Re: Marty]
Marty Online   happy

Paving the Road to Sea-Side Paradise

Project launched to Upgrade Hopkins Access Road

A Launching Ceremony to signal the start of works for the upgrading of the Hopkins road from the Southern Highway to the Main Street of Hopkins Village at King Cassava was held Friday afternoon April 12, 2013.

The project, funded by the Government of Belize and a grant from the European Union (E.U.) as part of the Belize Rural Development Project II, is being executed through a contract with Belize Roadway Construction in partnership with Rodla Construction Company Ltd.

Tourists and Belizeans alike with the desire to travel and explore the country of Belize will enjoy the outcome of the project, which will result in the 4 ½ mile access road upgraded from gravel to paved status.

The project will not only enhance the beauty and appeal of travelling to Hopkins, but will also increase the livelihoods of the people of the village through the expected influx of visitors and the inevitable proliferation of new business in the village of Hopkins.


The works will feature the heightening of the road and the widening of bridges which will allow easier access and improved driving safety for road users.

The adding of approximately 32 culverts for proper drainage will manage flood waters and help to prevent the deterioration of the road itself.

A 300 foot long swale is also to be incorporated on a portion of the road closer to the entrance of the village to allow water to be effectively channelled without causing structural damage to the road, and help minimize the risk of flooding on either side of the road.

Speakers at the launching ceremony included Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Santino Castillo; Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Rene Montero; and the Chairman of Hopkins Village, Mr. Albert Nunez. M.C for the ceremony was Felix Miranda and the undertaking was blessed with prayers by Pastor Herdie Castillo.

In his address to the gathering , Minister of Works Hon. Rene Montero said: “The growing struggles of the residence of Hopkins have not gone unnoticed by my Ministry. We recognize the hardships you endured with patience and tolerance over the years. The growing incidence of flooding, due to the influence of Climate Change, has heavily impacted this community by affecting the daily lives of the residents and halting the potential development. Tourism, in particular, is the major income earner for residents of this area.

This Project, along with the hard work of the residents, will put Hopkins on the map both nationally and internationally.” Our UDP Government through the support of various line ministries highlighted the Hopkins Road as one in urgent need of repair, and we have successfully secured funding for the project from the European Union under the Belize Rural Development Fund.

Our UDP Government is fulfilling yet another of its manifesto pledges to improve and upgrade the overall infrastructure, which is crucial to the development of our Nation.” The paving of the Hopkins road is a project that has been vigorously advanced by former Stann Creek West Area Representative Melvin Hulse.

Both Hulse and the current UDP Constituency Caretaker, Duncan MacFerson, were present at the ceremonies.


Much more, and lots of pics, in the Capital Weekly HERE


Top
#476931 - 11/08/13 10:31 PM Re: Hopkins Road Upgrade to Start [Re: Marty]
InLoveBelize Offline
I hope the road is coming along. It was a rough ride getting to Hopkins.

Top
#476987 - 11/09/13 12:40 PM Re: Hopkins Road Upgrade to Start [Re: Marty]
LaurieMar Offline
I was wondering the same. Does anyone know how the road project is going? Hopkins has been on my wish list for years and coming up soon!

Top
#476993 - 11/09/13 01:11 PM Re: Hopkins Road Upgrade to Start [Re: Marty]
Katie Valk Offline
The piece of road is only a few miles and unless you are fragile, should not affect your visit either way. Another wonderful area of Belize to discover
_________________________
Belize based travel specialist
www.belize-trips.com
info@belize-trips.com

Top

Links
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!


Things to do

News
Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
BelizeNews.com
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Amandala
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker
Chronicles

PLUS TV
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
SanPedroScoop
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

Blogs
San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
Tacogirl
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil’ Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
December
S M T W T F S
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Who's Online
4 registered (Marty, wiley, 2 invisible), 43 Guests and 6 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,672 Registered Members
44 Forums
64,043 Topics
462,256 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 07:16 PM




AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.