Coming Soon! - Bridge in Santa Elena to replace Hawkesworth
On Thursday April 26th, the Ministry of Works will sign a contract for the upgrading of the Loma Luz Boulevard in Santa Elena. The contract is part of a larger loan agreement between the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Belize, which will also see the construction of a new bridge that will link Santa Elena and San Ignacio.
In total, the CDB will lend Belize US$24.7 million dollars with grant funding of US$249,000. The project will be executed by the Ministry of Works, and will involve the construction of a bypass road around Santa Elena and San Ignacio, upgrading 3.2 kilometers of existing road and the construction of a 1 kilometer of new road as well as a bridge that will span 154 meters across the Macal river. The project is hailed as one, which will decongest downtown San Ignacio and Santa Elena, diverting traffic from the narrow streets of the twin towns.
The project is divided into 4 lots, with the first being the upgrading of the boulevard. This part of this project involves the upgrading of Loma Luz Boulevard for approximately 1 (one) mile to its intersection with Trapiche Road, which is the point along the Macal River where the high-level bridge crossing will be constructed. Also included in the scope of works is the construction of a large diameter roundabout at the Loma Luz Boulevard / Western Highway Junction.
Signing for the first lot will be between the Ministry of Works and CISCO construction Ltd. Engineering and supervision for this project is being provided by Halcrow Group Ltd., with local liaison, the Project Execution Unit, an arm of the Ministry of Works.
The signing of a contract to begin work on a road construction project to restore a stretch of the Western Highway adjoining the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio was held Thursday morning in Belmopan. Present were Minister of Works Rene Montero and John Woods of Cisco Construction. The project, which will cost an estimated five point five million dollars, will be carried out in four phases and will include the rehabilitation of the Loma Luz Boulevard where a bridge will also be constructed. According to Montero, a section of Joseph Andrews Drive will also be renovated to assuage the flow of traffic in the area.
Rene Montero, Minister of Works
“The Government of Belize secured a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (C.D.B.) for the fourth road project Santa Elena/San Ignacio Bypass to be implemented in the Cayo District. This project is divided into four phases: the upgrading of the Loma Luz Boulevard; a new bridge crossing of the Macal River; the construction of a high embankment bypass and the rehabilitation of the Joseph Andrews Drive to the point it intersects with the Western Highway. The works to be done under this project involves the upgrading of the Loma Luz Boulevard for approximately one mile to its intersection with the Trapisi Road which is the point along the Macal River where a high level bridge crossing will be constructed. Also included in the scope of works is the construction of reinforced concrete sidewalk drains, installation of a high capacity drainage structure and a large diameter roundabout at the Loma Luz Boulevard/Western Highway junction. Traffic-calming measures, pedestrian crossing ramps, line marking and directional signs will ultimately be incorporated to finish the first phase contract. Now what we are witnessing here today is the signing of the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Works and Transport. The construction contract to carry out phase one of this project which is the upgrading of the Loma Luz Boulevard. I am pleased to announce that the successful bidder is Cisco Construction Company Ltd. It is anticipated that the works will commence immediately. Engineering and supervision of the project is being provided by HALCO Group Ltd. with local liaisons, the project unit and [an] arm of the Ministry of Works. And also, the estimated cost of this project is five point five million dollars.”
According to Woods, the project will employ a number of residents living in the Cayo District.
John Woods, Cisco Construction Ltd.
“The big thing about this job is it is very labor intensive so we should be able to put an awful lot of people in the area to work and that’s always gratifying because the money, instead of going into fuel or equipment, goes into people’s pockets so they can feed their kids and have a better life. So I think this will be a win-win project, I think it’s certainly going to be the bypass in San Ignacio as it grows is more and more necessary and the fact of putting people to work at this time, I think, is very, very special. So we’re grateful to have won the contract. We’re grateful to have won it by a large amount of money. We were quite a bit lower than anybody else so we’re saving the country money and we’re grateful to be involved in this, putting people to work.”
This morning the Minister of Works signed a contract with CISCO Construction Ltd. for what's known as the Fourth Road Project in Cayo. This project is divided into four phases, and these include the upgrading of Loma Luz Boulevard; a massive new bridge crossing the Macal River, the construction of a new by-pass, and the rehabilitation of Joseph Andrews Drive.
CISCO Construction Ltd was the successful bidder for this project, and at the signing today, John Woods enthused about the project.
John Woods, CISCO Construction Ltd. "We are grateful to have won the contract. We are grateful to have won it by a large amount of money. We were quite a bit lower than anybody else. So we are saving the country money and we are grateful to be involved in this - putting people to work."
"To be awarded this contract - our big deal in the 80s was to do the road between San Ignacio and the border and this will be our first return since then. The big thing about this job is that it's very labour intensive, so we should be able to put lot of people in the area to work."
"That is gratifying because the money instead of going into fuel or equipment - goes into people's pocket so they can feed their kids and have a better life."
"So I think this will be a win win project."
The engineering and supervision or this project is being provided by Halcrow Group Ltd. with the Project Execution Unit, an arm of the Ministry of Works.
A contract for the upgrading of the La Loma Luz Boulevard in Santa Elena town was signed this morning in Belmopan. The contract for the road works was awarded to CISCO construction company Limited. At the signing ceremony, Minister of Public Works Rene Montero explained what is included in the project.
Chairman of CISCO Construction, John Woods, also spoke at the signing ceremony, saying that he is honored that his company was chosen to carry out the road construction project.
Work under the project agreement signed this morning is expected to commence immediately.