The debate over the construction of a bridge over the Boca del Rio cut linking San Pedro Town with North Ambergris Caye has resurfaced. The increasing development on the north side of the island, and the large number of tourists and locals traveling in this area, has the San Pedro Town Council questioning whether a permanent solution for the crossing is needed.
In an interview earlier this week with Mayor Elsa Paz, Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr., Deputy Mayor Severo Guerrero Jr. and Councilor Nano Guerrero, The San Pedro Sun was informed that the construction of a bridge seems to be imminent. Local contractor Armando Graniel Sr. of Graniel's Construction has been requested to supply an estimate for a bridge that will be sixteen feet wide with an additional three-foot pedestrian walkway, and a sixteen-foot draw in the center to allow for small sailboats to pass through. Although the proposed bridge would be supported by concrete pillars, it would be constructed to allow skiffs and other small water vessels to pass under it safely.
The mayor stated that in view of several infrastructure concerns, the proposed toll bridge would be open to pedestrians, golf carts and public service vehicles only. The San Pedro Town Council would finance this project although, reportedly, many North Ambergris Caye residents have offered their financial assistance. In regards to this, Mayor Paz assured The Sun that individuals helping to fund this project would be given free use of the bridge for a specified time (equivalent to their donation).
The final estimate and plans for the bridge are expected to be ready later this week after which public consultations will be held to ensure that the entire community has a voice in the decision of whether to build the bridge or not.