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Oct 9, 2014

CitCo Breaks Ground for Blue Marlin Blvd. Renovation

Since taking office in 2012, Mayor Darrell Bradley and the Belize City Council have concreted a total of one hundred and twenty-seven streets across the municipality.  This morning, ground was broken for the renovation of Blue Marlin Boulevard in the Coral Grove neighborhood where the existing thoroughfare will be widened to accommodate the two-way flow of traffic onto Coney Drive.  According to Mayor Bradley, today’s launch also kicks off road works in other areas, including Slaughterhouse Road.  If all goes as planned, the project should be completed in time for the Christmas season.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

Darrell Bradley

“Originally this street had always been slated for a boulevard and the thinking was that because of the expansion to the communities here this would have been a major, major thoroughfare to connect the various communities to Coney Drive and then to other parts of Belize City.  The reserve that we are standing on right here was earmarked for that purpose.  It has been sometime since that project was revisited.  When we were doing our infrastructure project, I’m speaking about the concreting projects, we identified this as being one of the projects that we wanted to do; however, funding didn’t allow for it.  With the assistance and commitment given to us by the prime minister the funding did allow us to do it so that we are launching the groundbreaking of this project today and works will start here on Monday.  We expect that the project will take three months and by Christmas the residents of this community together with people who pass through this area will have a concrete street.  It’s going to be three times the length of the original carriageway with an island, with green space in the middle.  We’re going to have a style of drainage that we were experimenting with and then eventually we’re going to put in covered drains and sidewalks but the initial part of the project would be primarily those newly designed drains and then the carriageway and then the island, so that this would be a boulevard and then it would be, it would serve the residents as being a major connected area from the back area to Coney Drive.”

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