Today, a contract was signed between the Government of Belize and Nabeel Abdul Raheem Consultants (NARCO) and BECA International Consultants Ltd. for the services of consultancy and construction supervision of the Airport Link Road Project. The agreement was signed for BZ$4,973,500.
The Airport Link Road is approximately 8.1km (5miles). The upgrade proposed includes the construction of one high-level bridge crossing the Belize River near to the existing airport access road. The proposed alignment intersects the George Price Highway, follows some existing trails for the most part before traversing low-lying marshland with a bridge crossing the Belize River and finally intersects the airport access road, near Gentrac Belize Ltd. The project includes the construction of earthen embankments, crushed gravel pavements, and two (3.65m) lanes with paved (1.2m) shoulders conforming to a 100kph design criteria. The bridge structure has a span of 81.7 meters (3 spans at 26.7m), a trafficable width of 12.05 meters, designed to AASHTO Standards, and is of reinforced concrete build.
The services were procured by the Government of Belize as a counterpart measure to its funding partner the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). With the no objection from the funding agency the award for the supervision of the works was made to a joint venture of the two firms, both of which have many years’ experience in Belize.
The Airport Link Road Project was appraised by the OPEC Fund for International Development and presented to its board of directors who approved a loan for approximately US$12M.
A New Road To Connect George and Phillip
Belize will have a new road between the Western (George Price) and Northern (Phillip Goldson) highways.
The Airport Link Road Project - as it is called will run from mile eight on them western highway to the Airport Road. It's Five miles of road that never existed before. The Minister of Works spoke at the signing:
Today's contract is for 4.9 million Belize dollars consultancy and construction supervision of the Airport Link Road Project.
The overall project is funded by the OPEC Fund for International Development which has approved a loan for approximately US$12M.
The Government of Belize today signed a contract with CISCO Construction Ltd. in the sum of BZ$34,274,306.17 for the construction of the Airport Link Road.
The proposed upgrades for the Airport Link Road include the construction of one high-level bridge, which will intersect at the George Price highway and cross the Belize River to intersect the airport access road near Gentrac Belize Ltd.; and the construction of earthen embankments, crushed gravel pavements, and two lanes (3.65 m) with shoulders (1.2 m) conforming to a 100kph design criteria.
The bridge structure, which is designed to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) standards, has a total span of 81.7 meters (3 spans at 26.7 m); a trafficable width of 12.05 meters; and is of a reinforced-concrete build. Additional civil works include the construction of two roundabouts and 3-leg roundabouts at the intersection with the airport access road and at the intersection with the George Price Highway.
The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Works – Project Execution Unit while NARCO Consultants of Kuwait will provide technical and administrative supervision. Works are expected to commence immediately.
Funds for the Airport Link Road Project were secured through a loan from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).