10.5 kilometres of rehabilitated roadway, between San Lazaro and August Pine Ridge in Orange Walk, was officially opened on Thursday by Head of the EU Delegation to Belize, Ambassador Paola Amadei and officials of the Ministry of Works.

The rehabilitation was financed by the European Union and the Government of Belize through funds from the EU's Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) Programme and is being undertaken in four phases.

The Rural Road Rehabilitation Project programme which began in 2008 and will end in 2016, supports the upgrade of 29 key roads in the sugar areas at a cost of over � 42.7 million (BZD 106.7million).

The San Lazaro to August Pine Ridge was completed under phase three of the programme at a cost of BZ$4.4 million.