…from streets to politics
The Mayor of San Pedro Town Daniel Guerrero and three of his councilmen were busy on Thursday April 10th inspecting work being conducted on the streets of San Pedro Town. The street work is being carried out by the Ministry of Works with the assistance of The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). Over half-a-million dollars worth of materials is being barged to the island to rehabilitate streets in the DFC, San Juan, Boca del Rio areas and on Northern Ambergris Caye.While speaking about the roads, the Mayor also took the opportunity to address other concerns including his political future.Street Rehabilitation
According to Mayor Guerrero, the rehabilitation of the streets includes grading, elevating their height with hardcore material and then leveling of the street with a roller. “We continue to work on all streets and road. The central government is providing $397,000 worth of hardcore and the council is giving the rest which brings the total to a little over half of a million dollars. Our main purpose is to elevate the roads because they are flat and low. We are elevating and putting more hardcore on the main roads leading into the various subdivisions and we are also placing less hardcore in the connecting streets. What we are doing is that we are building a hard foundation so that in the future, if we can pave them, it will be able to hold on strong. If you notice we are doing it in the dry weather so that when it rains, the roads will hold on perfect,” said Guerrero. So far, the council has depleted the funds provided by the Government of Belize through the Municipality Street Rehabilitation Project implemented following excessive rains late last year.On speeding traffic and ensuing dust
The rehabilitated streets now boast a strong foundation, and a smooth ride is practically guaranteed. However, with good comes bad, and residents have been complaining that because of the improved conditions on the roads, speeding is becoming a problem. And on the heels of fast traffic is excessive dust. “We are aware of the two problems. We have eight traffic wardens and they are out patrolling, ensuring that people are driving within the speed limits. But we cannot do everything. Motorists need to be mindful of others and that not only is speeding a problem for other motorists, but it picks up dust and now residents are complaining… In regards to the dust, we do not have a water truck and currently we are fixing up a vehicle that has a big plastic container that we will use to wet the roads to reduce dust. Currently our trucks are being used to transport hardcore material for the streets, but as soon as all the hardcore has been moved, the truck will be rigged up with a plastic tank and used to water the roads. We will not water the roads within town, only those streets where dust is a big problem,” added the Mayor.
Speed limit for the entire Ambergris Caye is 15 miles per hour, and according to the San Pedro Transport Department, signs have been placed all over the island. The Transport Department has been equipped with a speed gun to help tackle the issue of speeding. Ignorance about the law as it relates to speed on the island is not being taken as an excuse for speeding, but wardens are encouraged to use their discretion to warn first time offenders.Click here
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