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Jun 10, 2016

Ring Road to be Repaved

Pamela Scott

To round off the project, there is good news for residents of Belmopan. The entire Ring Road will be completely repaved. Scott says it’s much more than infrastructure, though.

 

Pamela Scott, Project Manager, Belize Road Safety Project

“What we would do is encourage drivers to move very slowly on the road and bear patience with us. It won’t be ten years, it will be less than a year to have this patience level go. Yes, the Belmopan Ring road will be paved so you will have a new Belmopan City in terms of setting up all the safety features and we are hoping that it could be a model for Caribbean countries too…not only countries in Belize but also for other countries to see what a road safety system should look like in municipalities. Additionally we will add in some features like resting areas. We’ll have signage to help those who want to live healthy on the road. The Road Safety project looks at not only the infrastructure aspect. People think about infrastructure and roads anytime you talk about road safety. But road safety is more than infrastructure. Road safety takes into consideration the economic aspect, the social aspect, the environmental aspect. For the social aspect let’s say you’re walking and you get tired. You would want to take a break, so on the Belmopan Ring Road in the urban setting there will be five resting areas in strategic areas. If you’re jogging you may want to know from what point to what point you’re jogging. Let’s say you only want to go half a mile – we’ll have clear mileposts there to indicate mileage so you’ll be able to look at your health and your safety in terms of your health safety.”

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