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Dec 2, 2013

Councilor with responsibility for Works is asking for patience

Last week at his press conference, the Prime Minister announced that some three million dollars will be spent on the rehabilitation of streets in the City. City Hall’s ambitious plan is to rehabilitate at least a hundred streets, but it is causing a nightmare for commuters. The incessant rains over the past month have worsened the situation and have caused major damage to streets where there is ongoing construction works. Late Friday, the entrance of the Philip Goldson and George Price highways—at the flag monument roundabout and the Lord Ridge Cemetery—were blocked to vehicular traffic because of ongoing construction. And this morning, commuters were stuck in their vehicles. It was so bad that it took as much as an hour to do a fifteen minute drive to work or school. Well get ready because on Tuesday morning, it won’t change much. Councilor with responsibility for Works, Dean Samuels is asking for patience.


Dean Samuels, Councilor with Responsibility for Works

Dean Samuels

“As you see, definitely the need was there for this to get done. We had a bad rainy season this year. We had almost nearly a month of rain.  The streets are in deplorable condition. You will find that definitely there are in need of immediate work. The roundabout is no exception. What you find out is that it was filled with pothole and the council saw the need for it to be done. We know personally that it has to be done and has to be done quickly—before the Christmas period—that is definitely a main artery that comes into town and a lot of people use it. So the council took the initiative to say on the weekend. We started Friday and today, Monday, the job is completed and now it is just being dried. We no longer will have to worry about that problem again at the flag monument. In that case, that matter is resolved. It should be barricaded three-four days to ensure that it is properly cured or dried before vehicular traffic is driven upon.”



“And of course to the drivers complaining about the diversion and the congestion that’s happening; this morning was ridiculous.”


Dean Samuels

“Duane, I’m gonna be real with you. What you find out is that definitely with the roundabout bad, there is complaint. There was a need for it to get done and we had to do it. At the end, the problem is resolved and everybody will be happy and it will be much easier driver and better on the vehicle.”


A total of a hundred and seven streets will be given much needed facelifts at the end of the hundred streets in one year project by the City Council. 

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1 Response for “Councilor with responsibility for Works is asking for patience”

  1. Rod says:

    Guaranteed that in 3 months all these streets will have to be done again when will you belizeans wake up and see that this gov. Is just stealing money from your pockets they pay incompetent people to do the job and pocket half the money will you belizeans ever get enough of being made a fool of .ll

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