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Dec 6, 2017

CitCo Says Bear with Terrible Traffic on Repairing Philip Goldson Highway

The traffic congestion from the Haulover Bridge to miles two and a half along the Phillip Goldson Highway is causing serious delays for motorists entering or leaving Belize City during the rush hour, particularly in the mornings.  With roadwork underway to upgrade the stretch, commuters experience a delay of up to one hour coming into or departing from the Old Capital.  That’s because the Ministry of Works is digging drains and leveling the surface of the road, before paving it with hot mix.  It is not clear how long the project will take before it is completed, but until then, complaints are mounting about the persistent inconvenience.  While the expansion project falls under the scope of central government, this morning, Mayor Darrell Bradley weighed in on efforts being made by the Belize City Council to alleviate the bottleneck.


Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“I would say that we have deployed traffic officers, so that we have people that are going out on the intersection between, I think that’s Albert Hoy Street and Chetumal Boulevard.  We have people on the intersection of the Northern Highway and Chetumal Boulevard.  We have other traffic officers that are out in the morning at various hotspots along the Northern Highway but I think that it will be an issue in relation to the inconvenience.  The road is going to be upgraded, it is being worked on currently, the project is going to take some time going into the future.  So what we would require from residents is that you just plan additionally.  I live in the Belama Phase Two area and I just know that I have to leave out an extra fifteen minutes in the morning so that I get my son to school on time.  That’s what it would require.  The project is a good project, I think that there will be significant improvements in the flow of traffic when that project is done, but during the project phase there will be inconveniences.  What we’re saying is that we’re trying to manage that in coordination with the Ministry of Works as best as possible, but we just require a little bit of patience from people that they would just leave out a little bit earlier.”



“…Or an hour earlier.”


Darrell Bradley

“I wouldn’t say an hour earlier, I would say that if you, because again, I live in Belama Phase Two so it affects me every single morning when I leave, but I just make sure that I leave out ten minutes earlier and I get to work and school and so forth quite on time.  I’m saying that it is an inconvenience but it is a necessary inconvenience because we want the road to be improved.”


The refurbishing of the road is being undertaken by Cisco Construction.

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