Major works transforming Cayo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00

There has been significant improvements in roads, bridges and community public spaces in the Cayo District for the period 2016 to 2017. Minister of Works, the Hon. Rene Montero, reviewed these achievements last Friday in the National Assembly Chamber during his support of the proposed estimate of revenue and expenditure 2017 to 2018.

According to the Hon. Rene Montero, in Cristo Rey the community center has been rehabilitated. In Santa Elena the former building that was the Belize Marketing Board has been transformed into a health clinic. Hon. Rene Montero assured that he is now actively lobbying for the clinic to be properly staffed with the required medical personnel and equipment.

In terms of infrastructure, the low lying bridge that connects San Ignacio to Santa Elena was reconstructed at a cost of $233,690.89. The good news now is that the pedestrian cable bridges at both Calla Creek and Branch Mouth, (both damaged by Hurricane Earl) are being restored at a cost of $176,776.00.

As for roadways, the 4.95 miles stretch of road to San Antonio was rehabilitated to paving standards at a cost of $5.9 million dollars. In Santa Elena some four miles of new streets were opened.

One of the most significant achievements of the Hon. Rene Montero as the Area Representative of the Cayo Central Division is the new Macal Bridge that now spans the Macal River - to be completed by May of this year. The cost of construction for this San Ignacio and Santa Elena bypass is over $20 million dollars and when completed will be the longest bridge in Belize.

However; there has been delays in the George Price rehabilitation project which will have a cost of $60 million dollars. In addition houses are being built on government land and so now negotiations now have to take place on how these persons can be compensated.