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Aug 15, 2012

Gungulung Street upgraded

For the past couple months, several Belize City streets have been getting much needed upgrades. A twenty million dollar bond facility by the Belize City Council has been developed to ensure that at least fifty percent of streets within the former Capital receive either hot mix or concrete. Since the start of the project, fifteen thoroughfares including downtown Queen and Daly Streets as well as Saint Vincent Ramos Street in Belama and Holy Emmanuel Street in Lake Independence were initially selected in the first phase of the project. Today, Lake I Area Representative, Mark King flanked by Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez and Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley officially opened Holy Emmanuel Street.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Holy Emmanuel Street was officially open today in Belize City. The street—approximately half a mile in length and that runs perpendicular to the La Croix Boulevard—recently received a facelift courtesy of the Belize City Council.


Mark King

Mark King, Area Representative, Lake Independence

“This was an old dusty street—it was a nuisance to the residents here. When it rained, the kids can’t reach to the main; they had to be in mud and water. And if you look along the street, we’ve done proper drainage with culverts and everything which means that there will be no longer flooding in this area.”


Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“It’s a little bit shy of half a mile and it goes from Lacroix Boulevard all the way to the Western Highway; so it’s an L shape. It was done by a contractor, R.J.B. Construction and it cost a little bit over two hundred thousand dollars to do the street—double coating of chip and seal.”


Darrell Bradley

The pavement of the street is a part of a restoration project by the Belize City Council to upgrade approximately fifty percent of the City’s streets.


Darrell Bradley

“We had to do a mix of contractors; particularly because we wanted to get the works done within a certain time frame. And when we did our analysis in terms of costing, it was most economic to do this street in chip and seal. The reason why we are doing this work now in an aggressive manner is really to act as a marketing ploy for the bond so that persons when they buy into the bond can know that their monies will go to good use and they can see what we can do when we come together as a community.”


Infrastructural development projects like these, says Area Representative, Mark King, provides jobs for the unemployed in the area and will give access to develop Gungulung Extension where squatters have inhabited.


Mark King

“Without this road, we cannot get the equipment we want to get in there to help these people. A major infrastructure plan for that area is in the process as we speak. I am here to do massive infrastructure development: streets, drains, lights; Lake I don’t even have a park for the poor people of this division; for the kids of this division. So at the end of the day; this is the hub that will take us into developing those areas.”


Darrell Bradley

“I’ve made it known publicly that we try to use; for example Cisco Construction because they are labor intensive—they use a lot of the young people who may not get jobs. And one of the things that we are trying to do with this program is we are trying to see how we can get a lot of community benefits beyond just the street works.”


And there is more work that will be done on the thoroughfares within Lake Independence—including Police and Ordonez Streets.


Mark King

“The priority which we are talking about the concreting of Police Street, Ordonez Street and everything from the Central American Boulevard all the way down to the Complex—we are on a massive project here. This will cost us well over five million dollars.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Gungulung Street upgraded”

  1. Buju says:

    Did anyone say Darrell Bradley for Area Representative??????????????

  2. Belizean says:

    Where is Rods comment? Im sure he would have a screwed up negative comment again!!

    HOORAY FOR DARREL BRADLEY!!! What a wonderful example he is setting

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