Contracts for Sugar Roads should be signed no later than Friday
That’s one major hurdle crossed, at least in principle. But there’s still a rough and rugged road ahead – actually a lot of rough and rugged roads. Many of the sugar roads in the north are impassable. News Five was in San Estevan on Tuesday, and had to turn back when we came across culverts that had been washed away. Prior to today’s events, PM Barrow had insisted that no sugar roads would be touched until he had a guarantee that there would be a crop. But that was then, and today the Prime Minister says that contracts to fix those critical roads should be signed by the end of this week.
Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
“I had already gone ahead and gotten the estimate, first of all we are doing two million dollars worth of repair on the sugar roads: one point one million in Orange Walk and nine hundred thousand in Corozal. It is only then now for the contracts to be entered in because you know with this government everything must be on the up and up. So we have to get that administrative details sorted out and I would imagine that contractors will start to mobilize immediately. In other words we could sign up contracts, tomorrow Thursday, certainly I would think not later than Friday. The contractors will start to mobilize but remember now they will basically have until the end of the year to complete the work because the crop can’t start until then.”