At Thursday’s press conference, Mayor of Belize City Darrell Bradley announced the rationale and schedule of works to take place under Phase II of the Belize City infrastructure project. Here he outlines the six streets to immediately receive improvements.
“We will, under the guidance of the Prime Minister, execute contracts within the coming week 6 streets. These include Buttonwood Bay Boulevard, Seashore Drive, Independence Drive, the continuation of King Street, Regent Street West and Dean Street. You will notice that the City Council had concreted the first sections of King Street, Dean Street and South Street from East and West Canal. We want to go in line with the Master Plan, continue that to Collet Canal so that you will see connectivity. So, when you want to go downtown, you can take King Street, you can take South Street or Dean Street so that there is methods in the seeming madness”.
Mr. Darrell Bradley: “We have noticed because you can see that works are continuing along Vernon Street. We have commenced Vernon Street from Albert Street to the Youth for the Future Drive, and the continuation of works is part of this 2nd Phase. We are mindful of those streets that are very essential to the flow of traffic that we implement this program with some sort of sensitivity to vehicular traffic to ensure that we don’t interrupt the business community”.
And there will be road works in other municipalities as well under the Government’s massive infrastructure rebuilding project. Prime Minister Dean Barrow explains.
“We will start a second chance in Dangriga and the same thing for Punta Gorda. We just signed off for some works for San Pedro for $500,000, and again, once that is completed, we immediately will sign additional contracts for new works. I don’t think omitting any municipality except for possibly Orange Walk, but as I have said before in the National Assembly, we will start there with the entire link of the Philip Goldson Highway throughout the entirety of the Orange Walk Town. That’s going to cost us around $3,000,0000; then we will go to the famous San Antonio Road in Orange Walk Town and that’s going to be at least $1,000,000. So, please, the $10M may seem like a lot with respect to Belize City; It is the l capital of the country in terms of commerce. So, I don’t think anybody can quarrel with the size of the contribution, especially since I am making it perfectly clear that each and every single municipality will also benefit from government’s largesse”.