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Jun 12, 2015

What’s the Status of the Crooked Tree Causeway?

Just like clockwork, the rains came in June, and for residents of Crooked Tree that wasn’t good news. Their causeway was elevated just days before to deal with the inevitable flooding, but after the first few hours of rain it developed serious cracks. Twenty-four hours after, an entire section of the causeway fell away. That was a week ago, and when we got the opportunity we asked Belize Rural North Area Representative Edmond Castro for an update. He told us that everything was back in order.

 

Edmond Castro, Area Rep., Belize Rural North

“Beautiful! What happened is…it’s not our fault of the contractor’s fault…when the causeway started they built it out of mud, so the foundation was faulty from the beginning. So you could imagine putting four or five feet of material on top of that. The causeway needs to settle, basically, so until the causeway settles, there is a small portion that needed to settle and now it’s settled. It will drop maybe another inch or so, but we already remedied the situation there on the Crooked Tree causeway. We have done some work with Petrocaribe dollars in Gardenia, Biscayne. We are doing most of the work in the Belize River Valley area, so we are hoping that this rain is enough for the farmers, the cattle-farmers, for mangos and so on. When it gets dry again we will continue with the works in this area.”

 

Edmond Castro

Mike Rudon

“Some people have said that there needs to be a retaining wall for the causeway because of the height of it.”

 

Edmond Castro

“It’s an engineering factor, hence the reason we have the people from the Caribbean Development Bank that will be taking a look at the causeway in the front so that we can apply for the necessary funding to put in the proper retaining walls and the water outlets for that area there in the Crooked Tree area. So we will continue to do some work. This work on that Crooked Tree causeway will not be complete in another month or two/ It will take another year or two before we finally complete that causeway. It was not started by me, but you know what, I will see the completion of the causeway for the beautiful people of Crooked Tree in my time.”

 

This afternoon, News Five headed back out to the causeway, and found out that following more days of heavy rain, there are serious issues developing which will have to be fixed sooner rather than later. On both sides of the causeway between both bridges, extended and very deep cracks have developed and are spreading. It’s not only a matter of aesthetics – these cracks present a hazard to commuters on the roads, especially heavier traffic like buses and trucks which travel along the causeway daily. We’ll be checking back next week for further development, since more rains are forecast for the weekend.

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