The Ministry of Works and Transports through the Belize Road Safety Demonstration Corridor Project (First launched in May 2013) is being funded by the Government of Belize and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to make major infrastructure development on the George Price Highway.
The project will include development of the road from Belize to Belmopan, from Belmopan to San Ignacio and from San Ignacio to the border of Guatemala.
It would seem then, that the Hummingbird Highway has been neglected; however, today, the Ministry of Works and Transports signed a contract with Co-active Funds, and set the ball rolling for major development of the Hummingbird Highway, which is to take place simultaneously to the Development of the George Price Highway.
The contract was signed between the Minister of Works and Transports Hon. Rene Montero and the Co-active Funds representative Dr. Nabeel Abdul Raheem.
According to the Minister Hon. Rene Montero, the signing of the contract cleared a very important milestone for the country in road infrastructure development.
Hon. Rene Montero- Minster of Works and Transport
“Today, it marks a very important milestone for the infrastructure in the development of our major highways in Belize; today we witness the signing of the design of the Hummingbird Highway with the Co-active Funds (it’s a grant). It’s actually scheduled for 11 months. After that, we will request for funding for the implementation of the design of the feasibility studyand the design of the project”.
The Humming Bird Highway is to receive major upgrades, which the Minister hopes will bring it to international standards.
Hon. Rene Montero: “Well, it will be the major really upgrading of the road to put it to international standards and also the repairs and replacement of the so many bridges that are very narrow and that road is very important for the economic development of this country because if the major agricultural activities and tourism that is happening in that area. We have the major industries like the banana, citrus; also we have the aquaculture projects out in the south and also it’s a major tourism area farther down in Toledo. This road will be a gateway for people traveling through Belize going to Guatemala, once the Jalacte road is completed”.
According to the Minister, the Jalacte Road is also being funded in part by the Co-active Funds.
Hon. Rene Montero: “They have been working for us for a number of years; they are actually funding part of the Jalacte Road and we look forward to working along with them to see if we can get more funding so that we can develop more for our highways”.
The Minister also spoke of plans to seek funding to develop the coastal road in the near future.