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Feb 16, 2016

Ministry of Works Engineers Tour Belize City Canals

Today, stakeholders from the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project conducted a tour across the drainage network in the city – from the Douglas Jones Canal to the Maheia Canal on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The project was launched in October 2014 and was designed to provide critical relief of the flooding woes suffered by residents after every prolonged period of heavy rain. The work is nearing completion, and today Mike Rudon tagged along with members of the Flood Mitigation team to assess the works. Here’s that story.

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

The Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project, launched in 2014, was funded by the IDB to the tune of twenty million dollars, with counterpart funding of one point five million dollars from the Government of Belize. It was designed to address administration and institutional strengthening, but the major component was civil works and infrastructure in two prongs – street improvement and drainage improvement.

 

Rolando Chan

Rolando Chan, Project Manager, FMIP

“Under drainage, we have the construction of four canals. We have three canals completed, which is Douglas Jones, Northside and Bill Lindo Canal. The one ongoing right now is Maheia’s Canal which should be completed by the end of next month. Street improvement – we have two streets completed which is Juliet Soberanis and Loop Road which is in Belama Phase Four. We have ongoing Albert Hoy, which is the longest with one point six kilometers, equivalent to one mile of street improvement and then Link Road which we had some delay in the activity.”

 

Today’s tour of the city drainage system included representation from NEMO, the Ministries of Economic Development and Finance and the Department of the Environment. The representative from the Belize City Council pleaded urgent business elsewhere. The team inspected the drainage canals and flows from Douglas Jones and Calle Al Mar to the sea, and the Haulover Creek. Those components of the project are done, but the Maheia’s Canal has been the proverbial thorn in the side of the team.

 

Rolando Chan

“We had big challenges and it’s going through, but at a very slow pace. It’s very delicate. We had piling for example close to the Maheia’s building and the other house on the side. We had to demolish fences that were not part of the contract but we had to do it so it’s been very challenging with piling and placing of canal sections. But like I mentioned we should have that contract completed by next month.”

 

And that includes this section of the Phillip Goldson Highway which has frustrated drivers for month.

 

Rolando Chan

“Last week Thursday, the contractor moved with the grader. They scarified that section and they were supposed to pave. But then weather didn’t permit, or the section would have been paved. But as soon as we get some good weather we are monitoring and the contractor will be advised that they should continue that activity and finalize it as quickly as possible, but it’s part of the job that we have to execute.”

 

Of course, the real proof of this project pudding will be whenever the city experiences another few inches of sustained rains. Mike Rudon for News Five.

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1 Response for “Ministry of Works Engineers Tour Belize City Canals”

  1. Jason says:

    Maheias moves like some snails-please consider that in next time you want to award them anything-how hard is it even if they move slow, to keep the highway part they messed up graded form time to time and put in some stones into the holes they made in the street? and move those stupid cones that got crashed and just the black piece stays on the road after you are finished morons.

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