The project George Price Highway Rehabilitation aims to improve the road connectivity within Belize’s main districts and with Central America by rehabilitating the George Price Highway road infrastructure between miles 47.9 in Belmopan and 67.3 in Santa Elena to national standards, decreasing travel time and costs, reducing road fatalities and injuries, and ensuring road accessibility by improving the corridor’s climate change resilience.
The George Price Highway is a two lane highway that begins in Belize City on the Caribbean Sea and proceeds west across Belize over mostly flat terrain until reaching the Guatemalan Border past Benque Viejo del Carmen. The section to be rehabilitated spans from the junction with the Hummingbird Highway on the western edge of the national capital of Belmopan to the Loma Luz roundabout at the entrance to the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio.
The project consists of three components:
- Civil works and maintenance: rehabilitation of the roadway between miles 47.9 and 67.3, replacement of the Roaring Creek Bridge, and two years of road maintenance
- Institutional strengthening: training in structuring of performance-based contracts for maintenance, environmental safeguards application in accordance with the Inter-American Development Bank’s policies, use of national design standards and the use of HDM
- Engineering and administration: setting up of the Project Execution Unit, project support and oversight.
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Q1: TITLE OF CASE STORY Belize George Price Highway (GPH) Rehabilitation (Improving Belize’s Main Transportation Corridor for further integration into RICAM -The International Network of Mesoamerican Highways)
Q2: CASE STORY ABSTRACT The project aims to significantly improve the road connectivity within Belize’s main districts to rest of Central America, as well as improving linkages to the popular tourist destinations, by rehabilitating the road infrastructure of Belize’s central corridor - the GPH. This enhancement will occur between Miles 47.9 in the capital Belmopan and 67.3 in Santa Elena (19.4 miles) to elevate to world standards, decrease travel time and costs, reduce road fatalities and injuries, and to ensure road accessibility by improving its resilience to climate change. Maintenance over the last decade has been unable to keep up with the demands of increasing tourism industry, agricultural and petroleum production and cross-border trade. This corridor is a key component of the trade facilitation infrastructure, both for national purposes and as a spoke in the regional Mesoamerican trade network hub.
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Roaring Creek, is just outside Belmopan, Blackman Eddy is on the Western Highway, where it says Mount Hope, just before the turn-off to Spanish Lookout.
Presently, I regard this section of Belize roads, that is the Belmopan "T" junction, new roundabout, to the San Ignacio, or Santa Elena new roundabout, as the most dangerous section of road in the country. Due to the number of villages along this section of road, the narrowness of the road, its broken edges, the hills causing headlight blindness and many sharp bends.
Government of Belize Press Office PRESS RELEASE
Rehabilitation of Portion of the George Price Highway
Belmopan. March 7th, 2018. The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Works, has signed two contracts to carry out rehabilitation works on the George Price Highway between the City of Belmopan and Blackman Eddy Village. These works entail the construction of a new bridge in Roaring Creek and rehabilitation works along the route including the replacement of culverts, construction of new drains, paving, signage as well as earthworks including transporting, placing and compacting. All these works require the use of heavy construction equipment and workmen on site.
The Ministry of Works is committed to keeping the highway safe and passable during this time and therefore asks the public to please exercise extreme caution when approaching and driving between Roaring Creek and Blackman Eddy Villages, specifically miles 51 and 55, and to be guided by the road signs during the execution of these works. Motorists are urged to allow extra time to reach their destinations and to reduce speeds and exercise caution when travelling through project work areas. The estimated duration of works in this area is 3 months.
The Ministry of Works takes the opportunity to thank you in advance for your cooperation and apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. The Project Execution Unit can be reached at 822- 0100/1942.
The George Price Highway Rehabilitation is being funded through a Loan from the Inter-American Development Bank, Grant funding from the European Union - Caribbean Investment Facility (CIF) and the Government of Belize.