Massive pot holes  on Constitution Drive

The recent rains have done much more than send people living in low lying areas in Belmopan running for shelter, they have hampered the progress on one of the major road development projects in Belmopan, more specifically the Road Safety Development project Lot 4B which vlcsnap-7288-08-08-08h22m48s223encompasses the Ring Road and Constitution Drive. Yesterday residents of Belmopan took to social media to voice their concerns with the state of the newly paved constitution drive that acts as the main entrance to the capital. That’s because the road was full of potholes. This was after just having finished the releasing of the driveway. We spoke to James Robinson, Project Engineer for the Belize Road Safety Project who explained the situation.

James Robinson, Project Engineer, Bze Road Safety Prj: What has happened, just as we were finishing that, the rains came and to make the situation even worse, we had the situation that water was coming from the water reservoir area, and really coming over the pavement that were recently done and so we are trying to address that. Let me quickly say that the contractor job is to just reseal but we vlcsnap-0730-04-20-07h19m06s308are trying to address the water situation, and the contractor will be fixing whatever situation is and we’ll be resealing that again.

Emmanuel Pech, Reporter: What was the original plan? When it has been resealed what will be done after that in that stretch of road?

James Robinson, Project Engineer, Bze Road Safety Prj: What is happening there is that after the resealing is done, there will be road markings to identify the bicycle lanes going out and coming into Belmopan on Constitution Drive.

Emmanuel Pech, Reporter: Now since the recent rains have sort of hampered the process, it will take a while huh?

James Robinson, Project Engineer, Bze Road Safety Prj: Well I would say the course of time, when you think about it because as soon as the rain is finished and we try to address the water situation like I said which is not ours, we will certainly complete that portion.

Emmanuel Pech, Reporter: Now I noticed today it was filled with dirt, but it won’t last. Is there any intent to reseal it again?

James Robinson, Project Engineer, Bze Road Safety Prj: Now like I said before, what is happening that, and I want to applaud the contractor because what is happening, as soon as maybe a little pothole or so is developed. they always say a stitch in time save nine. So to don’t let it get bigger, he will come out immediately after a rain or so and really do them up and so I really want to applaud him, and as vlcsnap-3233-03-17-10h51m45s231soon as the weather holds up, that will be  properly fixed and it will be resealed again.

Today the many potholes had been temporarily refilled but Robinson reassures that after having dealt with the drainage situation, driveway will be completely resealed. Robinson spoke to us about the other aspects of the road that will be constructed as soon as they solve the current situation.

 

vlcsnap-6927-02-09-02h20m14s158James Robinson, Project Engineer, Bze Road Safety Prj: What is happening there is that after the resealing is done, there would be road markings to identify the bicycle lanes going out and coming into Belmopan on Constitution Drive.

Emmanuel Pech, Reporter: Now since the recent rains have sort of hampered the process, it will take a while huh?

James Robinson, Project Engineer, Bze Road Safety Prj: Well I would say the course of time, when you think about it because as soon as the rain is finished and we try to address the water situation like I said which is not ours, we will certainly complete that portion.

This project is being implemented by the Belize Road Way Construction Ltd at $6.1 million dollars which includes a one year defects liability period after works have been completed. All things being equally works on lot 4B should be completed by July of next year.

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