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#514003 - 05/27/16 11:09 AM Crooked Tree Causeway Gets Overdue Attention
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Crooked Tree Village is the home to about a thousand people and is an area that seems to only get attention during election time or when the rains come and the causeway gets flooded. There is, however, some good news this evening as funding of just under one million dollars has been approved for a feasibility study on the causeway to take place as well as designs for its upgrade. While there is no announcement of immediate works on the causeway or the Crooked Tree Road, it is a start in the direction of the improvement of quality of life for those who reside there. The monies are coming in the forms of a grant and a loan with two hundred and fifty thousand US dollars being the loan portion from the Caribbean Development Bank and one hundred and fifty thousand US dollars coming in the form of a grant from the European Investment Bank under the Grant Facility for Climate Action Support to CDB. According to the Chief in the Economic Infrastructure Division at CDB, Andrew Dupigny, “With the changes that we are seeing as a result of climate change, there is a very real possibility that there will be an increased risk of more frequent flooding at Crooked Tree, as well as inundation of the road and causeway. This represents a significant health, welfare and livelihood risk to residents. This project aims establish technically viable solutions to establish all-weather access to the Crooked Tree Village, as well as improve community resilience.” End of quote. As part of the project, a vulnerability assessment of the Crooked Tree community will also be undertaken, and mitigation measures identified to improve resilience to climate change.It will be implemented by Belize’s Ministry of Works, Transport and the National Emergency Management Organization.

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#515972 - 07/14/16 10:25 AM Re: Crooked Tree Causeway Gets Overdue Attention [Re: Marty]
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CDB Approved Funding for Crooked Tree Causeway

Edmond Castro

The Crooked Tree causeway has been a source of constant consternation for residents of the community – just about every rainy season. Prior to recent seasons there has been some effort to raise the causeway well above the waters of the lagoon, but inevitably there is settlement, cracking and the path becomes treacherous. Well there may be some serious help away, since News five has been informed that the Caribbean Development Bank has approved eight hundred thousand dollars for works on the causeway. Today Area Representative for Belize Rural North Edmond Castro explained the perennial causeway concern.

Edmond Castro, Area Representative, BRN

“We had applied for some funding for the Crooked Tree causeway. Those foreign funding agencies, they don’t work overnight so we are still awaiting response from them to see how they can assist us with the causeway. As a government, I think it was last year; we raised a portion of the causeway that used to give us the majority of the problem, some four to five feet. If you notice the last time there was flooding, the people of Crooked Tree were able to go back and forth; we never had to use no boat or coastguard and that kind of thing. So it is a working progress; the causeway was never built to hold that amount of material—no four or five feet of material on top of it since the way it was built, it was the same silt from the lagoon was laid on top of each other and built a truck past and now we trying to improve on it and make it a road. And so the weight in some part of the causeway sinks because the material needs to stabilize.  So as soon as we hear from those agencies who are looking at it, we might be able to do more on it, but government is doing their part and as the area representative, I think where it is at now compared to where I found it some eight or ten years ago is much improved.”

Reporter

“So engineering wise when you do get that funding, how would you go? What would be the approach? Would it be like cement lining?”

Edmond Castro

“I suggest and I think from an engineering point of view what needs to take place is to put different water outlets, an additional maybe three or four. It should have at least five water outlets which would stabilize the flow of water and also…like bridges. It only has about two or three…it is not adequate; they need to put more. And I think the discussion was to put pinning on the sides; I think that was the discussion so that we can raise it some more and put in the necessary water outlets.”

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