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Oct 6, 2014

$20 Million project launched to address flooding in the city

This morning, the Belize City Council broke ground on a twenty-million dollar project designed to relieve the perpetual problem of flooding in Belize City. It’s called the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project, and includes the construction of a drainage canal below Douglas Jones Street and Cinderella Plaza. The extensive works will commence immediately, and residents of the flood prone Belama phases will be happy to know they should be getting some relief from the project as well. 

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

Darrell Bradley

“This was a project long in the making. When I took office as Mayor this is one of the projects that was in the pipeline. As Mr. Chan had mentioned who is the head of the Project Unit, the contract was signed in 2011. And so there are a series of components of the project in Belize City which will include the improvements of streets in the Belama Phase III and Phase Four areas, the building of canals, the construction of two parks which has already been done, and then this construction project which will involve the connection of the Douglas Jones Canal. It will pass through Cinderella Plaza, it will go up a portion of Baymen Avenue onto Calle Al Mar and then out to the Caribbean Sea. One of the things we have been keenly aware of is the need to make the city more responsive in terms of drainage and to also ensure that the city is climate resilient, and this is one of the projects which was earmarked as a priority for that purpose. It will involve primarily the construction and the clearing of the Douglas Jones Canal. That will not require the digging up of the street. They are going to connect that canal under Freetown Road, the area of Freetown Road that is at the intersection, and then it’s going to go through Cinderella Plaza here, and then it’s going to go on the section of Baymen Avenue that we haven’t completed and then it’s going to go out Calle Al Mar and out to the Caribbean Sea. And this is why we haven’t finished these areas of infrastructure. People always call in on the radio and say well you’ve done the first part of Kelly Street and the other part, you’ve done a section of Wilson Street, you’ve done a section of Baymen Avenue – why haven’t you finished it? We haven’t finished it because we were waiting on this project, and when this project finishes, then all of those areas will be enhanced and then we plan on doing a park area around Cinderella Plaza.”

 

The project is being done by Medina’s Construction and is scheduled for completion in eight to ten months. 

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1 Response for “$20 Million project launched to address flooding in the city”

  1. Angel Lane says:

    Hello Major Duh – you finally woke up and your feet dry.
    I hope you have Angel Lane on your to do list for drainage.
    You know what I”m talking about because you work in my hood. Kids can”t go to school, parishioners can’t attend church. If you don’t see all that flooding you need to have your eyes tested . I’m so disgusted with you. How long more you have in office. How many times I’ve complained to your office and all they can tell me is an engineer will come out to look at it. Your sorry behind should have fixed the streets right from the start. You constantly play yourself as the victim. Get over yourself. I wonder what the tourists are saying when they see all that dirty water.

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