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Jan 18, 2013

Traffic congestion caused by months of street work by City Council

Street works around the City, have been causing delays in traffic for months but this morning, trying to get to work, school or almost everywhere else, was absolute madness. The rerouting of a main thoroughfare backed up traffic significantly. Carla Bradley reports.

 

Carla Bradley

“If you were traveling from Central American Boulevard towards Freetown Rd or from Phillip Goldson Highway, you may have noticed vehicles backed up as far as the eyes can see. That is because a part of Freetown Road has been blocked for renovations and traffic had to be diverted to Princess Margaret Drive.”

 

With vehicles bumper to bumper in all directions near the roundabout at the northern entrance of the city, motorists will have to live with this frustration three times a day. Taxi cab drivers are among those who are up in arms with the rerouting and traffic jams.

 

Voice of: Dave Sutherland, Belcan are taxi cab driver

“Well it affected mih business big time mein because from since this staat, wih mek money but no kinda money weh I use to mek. Deh behind beg time.”

 

Carla Bradley

“Did you know about the road work before it happen?”

 

Dave Sutherland

“Yea yea dem mih announce it. it is good, I know progress brings problem but when you dih tek lik financially, it mek a difference ina yo life.”

 

Carla Bradley

“So do all the taxi drivers share the same sentiments?”

 

Dave Sutherland

“Same sentiment. As a matter of fact dah piece ah highway deh dih do infront of the taxi stand ova deh neva mih need fih touch none at all, dat noh even mih have not even one hole no. But maybe dem know why dem do it like dat.”

 

So while the taxi cab drivers have being hit in the pocket, delivery truck drivers are also losing time and money.

 

Aaron, Delivery Truck Driver

“Well, it really affects us because we tend to most of the shops here in the city and it kinda makes our job more difficult especially for the guys that unload the truck. We tend to have to park more farther from the places; we have some stores that we cannot get close to. It really affects us because we work on a time basis noh and it takes us more time to carry out our job, it slows down our pace.”

 

With the rerouting of the traffic, potholes in the streets have now craters. But the Belize City Mayor says it is a work in progress.

 

Darrel Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“Well I think what we are trying to do is we are trying to be much better in terms of traffic management. We’re doing completion work on Freetown Rd, they are going to do a part of St. Thomas Street and Cleghorn Street so that the areas where B.W.S. had had to do some interruptions in the infrastructure, we are going to repair them totally. We are also going to do the roundabout; what we’ve done there is that we have deployed traffic officers as early as six-thirty in the morning through peak hours during the day, so in all areas where we have major street infrastructure going on, we’ve tried to see how we could reflow certain streets, so that its double way when it use to be one way and we have a lot more traffic officers available, we have more detour signs, we are using the contractors also to participate in terms of traffic management.”

 

The Mayor’s projection is that street works will be completed by December of this year so commuters will have to bear just a few more months before traffic can return to normal. Reporting for News Five, Carla Bradley.

 

If you do business or live in the area of Chetumal Street, you would want to plan accordingly because that street will be closed off next week.

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3 Responses for “Traffic congestion caused by months of street work by City Council”

  1. KOMP says:

    Progress does bring problems. However a lot of the traffic issues we’re having in the city could be alleviated with a little bit of strategic planning. The council is fixing too many principal streets at the same time. I’m happy that they’re fixing them, but just don’t fix them at the same time. When all the main streets are blocked off, traffic is re-routed onto narrow side streets causing unending bottle necks and damaging lower grade streets that weren’t previously damaged. Which in turn will have to be fixed, costing the council even more money.

    Top priority should be placed on finishing freetown Rd, North Front St by the tourist village and princess margaret drive. These streets should be worked on 24/7 to accelerate the process. Work should be conducted at night and on weekends. All resources should be concentrated on these areas NOW and FIRST, before moving on to other streets. This will eliminate a lot of the traffic issues and people will be able to get around easier while the council works on the secondary streets.

    Even so, I thank and support the Mayor for his efforts.

  2. sickntired says:

    Something wrong with this story. We in january now and if the works going to finish in december that is not a few months – that is the rest of the year. Oh well i guess the city will look wonderful afterwards and crime will go down and poor people will feel better and the gangs will have better streets to help with the drive by shootings. Alls well that ends well.

  3. John says:

    Interesting: The same ones who were whinging about the bad roads are now whinging about the delays while the roads are being rebuilt.

    Which do you want? Bad roads or a little delay while the roads are being rebuilt.

    True, its a pain in the butt. However, the work needs be done and the Council is doing a good job on road repairs.

    Mind, I will leave their ill considered decision to take over building of graves alone. Best they stick to roads and general government.

    John

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