The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Works, today signed a construction contract with Cisco Construction Ltd., in the amount of BZ$20,899,031.40, to carry out Section B of the Fifth Road Project.

The Government of Belize secured a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for the Fifth Road Project (Phillip S.W. Goldson Highway Upgrading). This project, located in Belize City and Ladyville is divided into several components, two of which directly address road infrastructure: Section A (Airport Road Junction to Haulover Bridge) and Section B (Haulover Bridge to Buttonwood Bay Boulevard Roundabout).

Section B of this project involves the upgrading of Phillip Goldson Highway from its intersection with Buttonwood Bay Boulevard Roundabout to the approach of the Haulover Bridge. Included in the scope of works is the full rehabilitation of the road to paved standard, which includes the widening of the road cross section to four lanes, including lined sidewalk/side-drain, wide shoulders, median, and a parking/bus auxiliary lane at designated sections of the road. Under the project works, road lighting will be installed and many road safety features will be incorporated, some of which include signs, reflectors and road marking. The project will also facilitate in the improvement of underground infrastructure for the utility companies namely Belize Water Services, Belize Telemedia Limited and Belize Electricity Limited.

It is anticipated that works will commence immediately. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Works Project Execution Unit, while Beca International Consultants of New Zealand will provide technical supervision.

Drivers who use the Philip Goldson Highway are well aware of the road upgrading works that Cisco Construction has been conducting on the stretch of the road from Ladyville to the Haulover Bridge for the past few months. There's only a few more miles to go before that construction is complete, but the Government has already signed another contract with the company to start working on the section of the road which runs from Haulover Bridge to the Buttonwood Bay Boulevard Roundabout.

A press release from the Government of Belize says that the contract is worth almost 20.9 million dollars, and it's called Section B of the Fifth Road Project.

The actual signing of the contract happened today in Belmopan, where Works Minister Rene Montero discussed a few of the features that this part of the project will bring. Here's what he had to say:

Works will commence immediately, and the project will be implemented by the Ministry of Works' Project Execution Unit. Beca International Consultants from New Zealand will provide technical supervision.

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