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#500250 - 01/23/15 10:04 AM Drainage Project Will Force Road Closures
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Today the Ministry of Works saying that Newtown Barracks - the streets that leads to the Princess Ramada by the Mexican Institute would be closed for four weeks. It's part of the Ministry of Works Flood Mitigation project, where the Douglas Jones Canal will be extending from Freetown Road, unto Newton Barracks and into the sea.

But it turns out, that closing that street off four four weeks would cause chaos with the cruise season. Today we found out about their revised plans:..

Jose Divas - Technical Specialist
"As part of the flood mitigation scope of work, what we are doing is we extend the existing Douglas Jones canal from Freetown Road all the way pass Newtown Barracks into the sea. Right now the inconvenience is for residents on Calle del Mar is that we are excavating and constructing a canal on the left hand side as you can see here. So, the access is limited and we have approached the residents and ask them for their cooperation. Further to that, the inconvenience that will be experience is at the junction of Freetown Road and on Cinderella Plaza, we will have to close that temporarily. We haven't schedule that date yet, but when we do, we will inform the public. Furthermore to the press release that was sent earlier, a petition was sent to the contractor from tourism, that they are in the peak right now, we will not be closing Newtown Barracks Road anymore and we will leave it to a later date when tourism is not at its highest peak again. The purpose of the canal is to alleviate flooding that is concentrated right now by the Baymen Avenue area. It should create a better flow and a part from the extension of the canal, we are also cleaning and rehabilitating the existing Douglas Jones canal under the street."

At some point eh very busy junction at Douglas Jones will be have to closed down - but they will advise on that in due course.

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#500778 - 02/06/15 03:31 PM Re: Drainage Project Will Force Road Closures [Re: Marty]
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Cinderella Plaza this morning.....some heavy duty work conducted at a very flood prone area:


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#500810 - 02/07/15 10:22 AM Re: Drainage Project Will Force Road Closures [Re: Marty]
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Cinderella Plaza site for massive dredging

Dredging works started this week in the Cinderella Plaza area of Belize City as part of the Ministry of Works’ Flood Mitigation Project.

The project, which is worth $21.5 million, will facilitate extension of an underground canal in the Cinderella Plaza and Baymen Avenue Area.

According to Elias Garcia, foreman of the work crew, the dredging began on February 4th and it will take up to February 13 to finish the section at the plaza.

Under the project, the existing canal which runs under Douglas Jones Street wiil be extended through the Cinderella Plaza into Baymen Avenue and down Calle al Mar out to the sea. This would ensure that streets in the vicinity most affected by flooding are able to avoid severe flooding.

The project also has upgraded the the drainage in the Belama area and is scheduled for more upgrades in Belama phases two and three later this year. The works include building concrete canals and installing proper drainage in the area.

Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley has said that the Belize City Council intends to designate the park in that area as a part of the council’s city beautification efforts.

The entire project is estimated to take 10 months, and is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, in partnership with the government of Belize.

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#501336 - 02/20/15 09:23 PM Re: Drainage Project Will Force Road Closures [Re: Marty]
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Kelly Street and Cinderella Plaza drainage work this morning, still big work!

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