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Oct 13, 2017

COLA Demands Documents for Fabers’ Road Construction Contract

Attorney Kareem Musa has written the Ministry of Works and Contractor General Godwin Arzu under the Freedom of Information Act. On behalf of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, he is asking for reasonable inspection of several documents in connection with Thursday’s contract signing for the reconstruction of Fabers’ Road between the George Price Highway and Central American Boulevard. Imer Hernandez Development Company Limited, owned by the nephew of former deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, won the ‘selective tendering exercise’ with a bid of just under eight million dollars for reinforced concrete road pavement, sidewalks and side drains and earthen drainage from Krooman Road to the Caribbean Sea. COLA wants to see the actual contract, the tenders submitted and the consent offered by Arzu to Hernandez’s bid. Hernandez is well-known for a flap with the paving of the San Antonio Road in Orange Walk and taking on multiple contracts across the country with mixed results. But Port Loyola area representative Anthony “Boots” Martinez, as he said on Thursday, was more concerned about the importance of rehabilitating a very important roadway for commerce and for his constituents.

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Minister of Human Development [File: October 12th, 2017]

“This Faber’s Road is not only about my constituency. The Port of Belize sits in my constituency and that is the main artery for the cargo going out to the districts and coming in to go to the port. Especially with the Lake Independence Boulevard linking Chetumal Street it is a main traffic area for cargo coming in and out to the port. Right now, the people coming in from the north and going out to the north, the cargo will pass through Faber’s Road and go through Chetumal Street Bridge, Lake Independence Boulevard and people coming in from the west. So, it is a main artery and it is well serving within the country. Presently, with the deterioration of portion of the road it is impassable for the big trucks to pass through so then everybody come through and go through Central American boulevard and then we have the back log of traffic. But now with this road yah it is very important for our community and the country. I welcome and fight for this road because it is very important. Faber’s Road in its initial stages, the last time Faber’s Road was fixed was twenty years ago in 1997. We welcome this huge upgrade. It is good economic boost for my area.”

 

The Act provides a timeline of two weeks for a response from the Government. But the Government anticipates that works will commence immediately and will bring much needed relief to deteriorated road conditions as well as employment for residents.  The supervision responsibility lies with the Ministry of Works.

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2 Responses for “COLA Demands Documents for Fabers’ Road Construction Contract”

  1. era says:

    The cost of this is too much ministers don’t care but it’s we the people that will burden the cost of this exaggerated price.According to our records, the last contract to “rehabilitate” Faber’s Road was completed by CISCO Construction in 1998.

    The value of that contract was just 1.86 million dollars for 1.6 miles of a 2-lane bitumen surface road, including 115 culverts. 20 years later, this contract is 8 million dollars for a little more than a mile.

  2. carlos says:

    Exaggerated cost. Too much corruption man. When will this stop. The most a civil engineer estimates is between 2 and 3 million dollars. Where is the rest going. People make your own conclusion.

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