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Dec 24, 2021

Section of Philip Goldson Highway Collapses into Belize River

A section of the Philip Goldson Highway near mile seven has washed away. The embankment collapsed into the Belize River, along with it a significant portion of the pavement. It caused a backup in the flow of traffic on the main thoroughfare as commuters headed to and from the city. But the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing quickly responded to the area and began with remedial works. Those efforts continued today and News Five spoke with Chief Engineer Lennox Bradley about what happened, especially since millions of dollars were spent on the upgrade of the highway back in 2016.

 

Lennox Bradley

Lennox Bradley, Chief Engineer

“It appears that the undercurrents from the Belize River undermined the revetment wall that was supporting the road structure on the Philip Goldson Highway near mile seven and that made the wall be compromise. It has effectively reduced the usable width of the road to a three hundred-foot section or thereabouts at mile seven. And so we intervened last night to try contain further undermining of the road at that section there and try to control any settlement. We do expect that there will be a bit more settlement because the angle of repose has to be achieved for the material that is there before the settlement reduces to an acceptable level. And therefore we are monitoring it.”


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