The infrastructure drive continues in Belmopan. As a result on Thursday, at a special ceremony, Almond Boulevard and Chiquibul Street were officially inaugurated and handed over to the Belmopan City Council ,who will oversee its maintenance. The rehabilitation project covered 1 thousand 7 hundred feet of carriage way and included a double lane and double chip dressing. It was also inclusive of drainage systems, street signs, speed bumps, and pedestrian crossing. The paving of these two streets was the first part of phase two of an infrastructure drive to rehabilitate streets in Belmopan and was done in a collaborative effort between Central Government, the Belize Social Investment Fund, and the Belmopan City Council.
“This has been one of the first projects that was on my desk through the Ministerial project, for the pavement these two streets. This came through the financing of the Government of Belize, for a total cost of four hundred and seventeen thousand eight hundred and two dollars, through a loan from the World Bank, under the Belize Municipal Development Project, within the Social Investment Fund.
We need to also mention that the City of Belmopan contributed to this project financially, for a total of twelve thousand five hundred and thirty-four dollars and six cents.
The Belize Social Investment fund implements these projects as part of its mandate to work in line with the Government of Belize strategy to address basic needs of Belizeans around the country.”
” The rehabilitation of these streets is a significant improvement in accessibility to the capital city, particularly during times of major natural disasters such as hurricanes. Coming from Dangriga it is easy to get in here, or even through Las Flores area.
It should be noted that the city of Belmopan is the nation’s primary location for most evacuees residing in venerable coastal communities such as Belize City, Dangriga, Mullins River, and those areas there. Also though, motorists and cyclists, probably even pedestrians, will appreciate the easy accessibility to Las Flores and to the Mountain View area of Belmopan, when they come from the roundabout.”
“I remember, perhaps [it] was our first, if not our second, Cabinet Meeting in 2008, when this project was brought to Cabinet for approval. We were overjoyed that the Municipalities outside of Belize City would get this sort of help, and it has certainly helped to transform our city, [in] all the areas that have already been touched, the Market area, the Nim Le Punit area, the Raccoon Street, Hummingbird Avenue area. and now Almond Boulevard and Chiquibul [Street].
There are a lot of other works that have been complementing all of this, so that indeed Belmopan, over the last few years, has been transforming.”
After the papers were signed, the ceremonial ribbon was cut officially marking the opening the Almond Boulevard and Chiquibul Street.