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#510756 - 01/17/16 10:36 AM SPTC discusses street upgrades on the island
Marty Offline

The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) has begun works on the renovation of streets, mainly focusing on the areas in southern Ambergris Caye. Some of the areas like DFC and San Pablo have seen an initial improvement of their streets and the SPTC ensures that is just a matter of time before a complete transformation comes to the most damaged streets on the island.

According to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the Town Board is fully aware of the situation of the streets and is taking control of the situation. “The streets in DFC and San Pedrito are deteriorating, but not to the point where we can end up stuck. So we have already started to look into the issue, and we have barges full of hardcore material coming in for the most affected areas. This is temporary, as we are trying to buy time before the road is fixed and we can get material from the quarry in Northern Ambergris Caye. When this happens, the first areas of priority will be San Marcos, San Juan, San Pedrito, DFC and San Pablo,” said Guerrero. He expects that the quarry will be accessible in the next coming weeks. Guerrero also indicated that the material from the quarry will be cheaper and of better quality.

Another of the renovations coming to the streets, to all the subdivisions, is the building of sidewalks. The SPTC plans to also equip the streets with proper drainage so they are not affected by the heavy rains during the wet season. DFC and San Pedrito are the first two areas to expect this addition to their street infrastructure.

But the solution to alleviate the street situation is not only hardcore material; some of the streets will get paved. These include the street by Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic, Tropical Wave and Backatown Street. This has been on the table from last year, and Guerrero has indicated that the process to start executing the projects is falling into place and that other streets to benefit from the concrete paving will also extend to the street by the San Pedro High School, the street leading from Ritchie’s Supermarket to San Juan, all the way to Isla Bonita Primary School. However, it will be a slow process that will require securing and allocating the necessary funds. Nevertheless, the Mayor hopes to have these projects completed by the end of his term.

Guerrero also revealed that plans for the paving of the remaining 3.5 miles of the street south of Victoria House that stretches all the way to Mosquito Coast are on the negotiating table and about to start. The Mayor did not comment too much on the topic, but mentioned that there is one more detail to discuss. “A private company wants to do the project, and actually both parties, the Town Board and the private sector, are hoping the pavement of the road begins in February. The road will be well built; it will be compacted before it is paved. The road will also be lined up with one hundred and fifty solar lights and even though it does not include infrastructure for water tubing and other wiring, the space will be left so that these additions can be made later. The idea of the project has been well received and the Town Board and Area Representative Minister of Tourism, is all for it. The only thing we are waiting for at this moment is the blessing from Central Government so we can start next month,” said Guerrero. He is positive that the Government will give the green light with some minimal conditions.

If arrangements with Central Government speed up and the pavement of the road starts in February as planned, the road should be completed in six months.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun


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#510772 - 01/17/16 06:30 PM Re: SPTC discusses street upgrades on the island [Re: Marty]
larrypied Offline
I will say one thing. Since Danny took control things are really improving. Now for another look at things to come. I see where there is an island realtor pumping up the "secret beach" AKA the west side. What he fails to mention is there is little infrastructure. No electricity, water, sewage. They have been saying it's on the way ever since they have been selling property. But it's been a no go. When will it come. These properties are high dollar. They deserve more!

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#510774 - 01/17/16 09:19 PM Re: SPTC discusses street upgrades on the island [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
Lots of high dollar properties on the east side have no public sewer or water ......
Starting at Tres Cocos and north the whole way to Mexico.
This includes many many homes and a lot of resorts and condos.

There is a plan touted for these utilities to go in, but certainly they will go to the already populated areas long before they go to the sparsely developed west side.



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#510776 - 01/17/16 10:48 PM Re: SPTC discusses street upgrades on the island [Re: Diane Campbell]
ragman Offline
Exactly Diane, I've been to meetings and if all went on schedule it would already be in, North of the bridge or at least in progress. But there again I've been hearing this since about 2007. I thought the studies that showed the high fecal counts in the lagoon would get things moving but.....?

The water trucks traveling the road at dry times of the year show just how serious the problem is for many. The west side is in line but that is even further away. The area west just after the bridge would have the next priority I would think.
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#510813 - 01/18/16 10:49 PM Re: SPTC discusses street upgrades on the island [Re: ragman]
larrypied Offline
I wonder if anyone that bought property in the GBE would be willing to start an HOA. Not official but names of owners, addresses, at least city, state, country. No passing info along. That way you could get opinions, suggestions on how to proceed. If enough people sign up sometimes you could go to the BEL and they could suggest what it will take to get power. The water company would be interested too!

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#510955 - 01/22/16 01:33 PM Re: SPTC discusses street upgrades on the island [Re: Marty]
bywarren Offline
There certainly is a need better roads and streets. Unfortunately, the Town Council cannot maintain the streets already existing. The cobblestone streets that were built at considerable expense are already in need of repair as the heavy vehicles are causing major damage. This idea of development and progress without providing the infrastructure to support the new development, while not even providing the necessary infrastructure to support what already exists is short term greed which will have long term damaging effects.
Not only is this lack of planing creating a poorer quality of life for those living here, it also creates issues of health safety. Shame on those who promote more development without providing adequate infrastructure.
Mayor Danny and others on the Town Council, find ways to pay for the needs that currently exists before promoting more development that requires more infrastructure that you cannot afford to provide.
Should not the needs of the current residents be of more a priority than attracting more people and creating more demands that cannot be met? frown

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#510960 - 01/22/16 06:44 PM Re: SPTC discusses street upgrades on the island [Re: bywarren]
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