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Jun 10, 2016

Is There Really a Need for a Wide Roundabout Near Guanacaste Park?

Pamela Scott

That’s the roundabout by Guanacaste Park, but there’s another massive roundabout being built at the junction of the Hummingbird Highway and Forest Drive. Concerns have been expressed by residents of Belmopan that there is no need for that grand a structure at that location because the traffic doesn’t seem to call for it. But Scott says that they’re building with an eye on the future.

 

Pamela Scott, Project Manager, Belize Road Safety Project

“You might probably say that we don’t have the need for a roundabout today, but we need to build with a plan in mind for the future. We cannot only think about Belize today. Belize is growing. Belize is not the same Belize. So it’s easier to manage roundabout than to manage traffic lights. We have seen based on experience in our country…when traffic lights are set up what happens? If you can’t maintain it over time, then we will have a lot of chaos in terms of traffic. Our aim is to save lives, so whether the roundabout is bushy or not people will still be able to go around it in an organized way and you have minimal reduction providing they know how to use the roundabout. I would say that in the Ministry of Economic Development we have to look at the future. We cannot only look at the present or the past. We have the data to support what we are doing. We need to look at what would happen in the next twenty years. Imagine you put something that will only last three to four years – then we would have to go back and redo the entire thing. That costs money. So when you look at the economic analysis of the different scope of works, then that’s the way that the decisions have been made to be able to address our road safety aspects in the future rather than just in the moment.”

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4 Responses for “Is There Really a Need for a Wide Roundabout Near Guanacaste Park?”

  1. Stand Up says:

    Both were definitely needed, seen too many close calls at that junction. Wise decision to put it there. Belmopan is quickly growing, won’t get any smaller.

  2. MNHG says:

    YES, TOO MANY PEOPLE BUY DRIVING LICENSE, SO WE NEED PROTECTION .

  3. Trec says:

    So why not a round about at the entrance of Constitution drive from Forest Drive where the traffic really needs to be alleviated? What’s in place for that junction?

  4. Peter says:

    keep up the good work. we need one by convention hotel

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