CDB Approved Funding for Crooked Tree Causeway
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.”
“So engineering wise when you do get that funding, how would you go? What would be the approach? Would it be like cement lining?”
“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.”