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Upgrade to Hopkins Village Main Street and Water System Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Friday September 22nd for the upgrade of Hopkins Village Main Street and Water System. The upgrade comes under the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) 2013.

The upgrade of Hopkins Village Main Street and Water System Phase 1 for a length of 3.2 km (2 miles), worth a total of BZ$ 2,688,885.10, is being financed by the European Union and the Government of Belize through funds from the BAM 2013 programme.

The Hopkins Village Main Street is of major importance for the social development of southern Belize. The village main street rehabilitation includes the supply, construction, installation and completion of over three (3) kilometers of road with base material and double chip seal to pavement standards; eighty (80) meters of road concrete pavement; three hundred (300) meters of concrete culverts and nearly three (3) kilometers of V drains; over six (6) kilometers of water supply pipeline with assemblies and fittings along the road; two (2) concrete pedestrian crossings; road markings and over hundred (100) traffic signs.

The overall objective of BAM is to foster social and economic development leading to the reduction of poverty, focusing on workers and families in the Stann Creek and northern Toledo Districts. In this regard, the road project will also significantly benefit villagers, communities, the tourism industry and by extension the wider society of Belize.

Minister of Works, Honorable Rene Montero; Minister of Agriculture, Honorable Godwin Hulse; along with Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Belize, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska officiated the function. Representatives of the contracting firm - Teichroeb & Sons Ltd., as well as the Chairman of Hopkins Village Council, Mr. Ted McKoy, and other senior public officials also participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.