Concrete test pile bridges have been set at both landings of our Pueblo Nuevo Ferry and Laguna Seca Ferry as part of the Corozal/Sarteneja Road Construction Upgrade project by our Government of Belize, MOW (Ministry of Works), OECC (Overseas Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. S.A.).
The pile bridge is a structure that uses foundations of long posts (referred to as piles) made from reinforced concrete which has been driven or hammered into the soft soils until the end of the pile reaches a hard layer of compacted soil or bedrock.
The substructure piles will hold the high load capacity bridge that will eventually be built over them.
The contract was signed in October of 2019 between the Government of Belize and Taiwanese firm, OECC is for the design and upgrading of 43.2 km (27 miles) of road, including the construction of two bridges to replace old ferries at Pueblo Nuevo and Laguna Seca. Upon completion, the new road will provide a direct and all-weather link between Corozal Town on the Northern Highway and many of the communities to the east of the Progresso Lagoon-John Piles Creek–Laguna Seca Waterway System, including the village of Sarteneja.
The road is expected to be completed within 4.5 years after the signing of the contract made in 2019.