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Jun 10, 2016

All That Roadwork in the Garden City

If you’re a resident of Belmopan or the West, or even just a commuter passing through, you’ve definitely seen the massive program of works taking place in the Garden City, including three massive roundabouts and what is being dubbed urban work on the entrance to Belmopan and the Ring Road. It’s progress, but because the project seems to be taking an inordinate amount of time, it’s also brought the problems of inconvenience and rutted streets. The works are not being done by the municipality, but through the Belize Road Safety Project, a collaboration between the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Works and other key partners. Project Manager Pamela Scott told News Five this week that what is currently happening in Belmopan will hopefully act as a model for other countries.

 

Pamela Scott

Pamela Scott, Project Manager, Belize Road Safety Project

“This roundabout is being set up in such a way that we are able to have two vehicles entering at the same time and exiting. One of our major challenges is ensuring that people know how to use the roundabout so we are setting up our education awareness program to address the issue. In terms of the completion date for the roundabout, we are aiming at some time in June, July or August of this year. Probably you would say that it should have been completed earlier. Probably yes, but when you are doing different types of work you do have delays in some areas in terms of the setting. We need to ensure that all the testing is being done, so we use a nucleo densimeter to ensure that compaction is at the minimum standard defined by the Ministry of Works. If that standard is not met then we can’t issue notices to continue with the other work. So we ensure that all the technical aspects are being addressed before we venture into the other stage. We need to ensure that the setting takes place, and to have setting it takes time so you might have thirty days for one process to set. Then in that interim you have climatic conditions that you have to work along with. So you’re either in the too dry season or too wet season, and how do we work out that balance? With those aspects we do have delays, but rest assured the aim is to have value for money invested in the setting up of this area.”

 

The inner circle of the roundabout is being constructed through partnership with Belize Natural Energy. It should be completed in about a month.

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