Government has awarded another major multi-million dollar contract to Imer Hernandez; it is for the paving of the Coastal Road and for the rehabilitating of bridges. The value is over one hundred and thirty million dollars and works are expected to be completed in thirty-six months. Also this morning, another contract was signed for works on the Caracol Road; it was awarded to Belize Roadway Construction and A&N Construction Limited. Here is News Five’s Isani Cayetano.
Isani Cayetano, Reporting
The paving of the Coastal Road, approximately thirty-six miles of highway is set to commence following the signing of a contract today in Belmopan. Through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank and grant funding from the UK Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund, that stretch of road which is often used as a short cut from Belize to Stann Creek districts will be paved. It will also see the rehabilitation and reconstruction of ten bridges across various creeks and rivers along the highway.
Rene Montero, Minister of Works
“The construction works will generally follow the existing road alignment and will only deviate in areas where improvement to the horizontal alignment is required for safety. The road which commences at the Coastal Highway/George Price Highway intersection will have an improved T-junction intersection to better channelize traffic movement from the newly upgraded road. The end of the Coastal Highway, where it intersects the Hummingbird Highway, will also see major improvement with a new roundabout intersection.”
The contract for that project, approved by CDB, was awarded to Imer Hernandez Development Company in the amount of roughly sixty-three million dollars for Lot One and seventy million dollars for Lot Two. It is expected to be completed in thirty-six months. Also this morning, Minister of Works Rene Montero also signed contracts for works to be done on the Caracol Road. That highway will be built using monies from a loan granted by the OPEC Fund for International Development. That contract was awarded to Belize Roadway Construction and A&N Construction Limited for thirty-eight million and fourteen million dollars respectively.
“The Caracol project is very important because it will benefit five villages in the area, namely Cristo Rey, San Antonio, Seven Miles, Three Miles and Georgeville. Also, these areas are agricultural areas and also a large majority of people living in this area depend on jobs from resorts. They are involved in tourism. Also, a lot of tour guides will be able to get employment in the area and we feel that Caracol has a lot of potential in terms of increased tourism coming into the area and also it will benefit the farmers in the area because it will reduce time for them to reach to their farm and to go deliver their produce to the market.”
The road will be completed with modern ancillary safety features, including high visibility road signs, edge markers, lane markings and safety rails. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.