In all the major road works in the city - one major intersection has been left untouched. That's Cinderella Plaza which connects a cluster of heavily trafficked paved roads - but remains rough and unpaved. And that's because it has been designated as a site for a drainage canal. That's been holding up the paving - for too long it seems.

But, finally today, a ceremony was held to signal the start of road and canal construction in the area. Mayor Darrell Bradley discussed the scope of the project and how it will enhance climate resilience in Belize City.

Darrell Bradley, Mayor, Belize City
"It will going to be very extensive. As I mentioned, it will involve primarily the construction and the clearing of the Douglas Jones Canal. That will not require the digging up of the street. They are going to connect that canal under Freetown Road, the area of Freetown Road that is at the intersection, and then it's going to go through Cinderella Plaza here, and then it's going to go on the section of Baymen Avenue that we haven't completed and then it's going to go out Calle Al Mar and out to the Caribbean Sea. And this is why we haven't finished these areas of infrastructure. People always call in on the radio stations and say well you've done the first part of Kelly Street and the other part, you've done a section of Wilson Street, you've done a section of Baymen Avenue - why haven't you finished it? We haven't finished it because we were waiting on this project, and when this project finishes, then all of those areas will be enhanced and then we plan on doing a park area around Cinderella Plaza. I think that we need to really address the issue of climate change and drainage full force. I am very pleased that this is a 20 million dollar project which will see the upgrading of several canals. That's going to be a significant improvement in the quality of draining in very vulnerable areas of Belize City particularly in the Belama Phase 3 and 4 and then in this area of Cinderella Plaza."

The project should be completed in 8 to 10 months.

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$20 Million project launched to address flooding in the city

This morning, the Belize City Council broke ground on a twenty-million dollar project designed to relieve the perpetual problem of flooding in Belize City. Itís called the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project, and includes the construction of a drainage canal below Douglas Jones Street and Cinderella Plaza. The extensive works will commence immediately, and residents of the flood prone Belama phases will be happy to know they should be getting some relief from the project as well.†

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

Darrell Bradley

ďThis was a project long in the making. When I took office as Mayor this is one of the projects that was in the pipeline. As Mr. Chan had mentioned who is the head of the Project Unit, the contract was signed in 2011. And so there are a series of components of the project in Belize City which will include the improvements of streets in the Belama Phase III and Phase Four areas, the building of canals, the construction of two parks which has already been done, and then this construction project which will involve the connection of the Douglas Jones Canal. It will pass through Cinderella Plaza, it will go up a portion of Baymen Avenue onto Calle Al Mar and then out to the Caribbean Sea. One of the things we have been keenly aware of is the need to make the city more responsive in terms of drainage and to also ensure that the city is climate resilient, and this is one of the projects which was earmarked as a priority for that purpose. It will involve primarily the construction and the clearing of the Douglas Jones Canal. That will not require the digging up of the street. They are going to connect that canal under Freetown Road, the area of Freetown Road that is at the intersection, and then itís going to go through Cinderella Plaza here, and then itís going to go on the section of Baymen Avenue that we havenít completed and then itís going to go out Calle Al Mar and out to the Caribbean Sea. And this is why we havenít finished these areas of infrastructure. People always call in on the radio and say well youíve done the first part of Kelly Street and the other part, youíve done a section of Wilson Street, youíve done a section of Baymen Avenue Ė why havenít you finished it? We havenít finished it because we were waiting on this project, and when this project finishes, then all of those areas will be enhanced and then we plan on doing a park area around Cinderella Plaza.Ē

The project is being done by Medinaís Construction and is scheduled for completion in eight to ten months.†

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