$2.2 Million Infrastructural Project for Benque, San Ignacio and Punta Gorda Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 August 2012 00:00

A .2 Million dollar street project that will enhance the road network in Benque Viejo del Carmen, San Ignacio & Santa Elena and Punta Gorda under the Belize Municipal Development Project (BMDP) was launched on Thursday, August 30th, during a formal ceremony in Benque Viejo Town.

The street project calls for the enhancement of Church, Churchill and Burns Streets in Benque Viejo Town; the improvement of Eden and West Streets in San Ignacio & Santa Elena Town, and Robert Pennil and Pampana Streets in Punta Gorda Town.

The work scope for the project includes the realignment of streetside drains, provision of street concrete curbs, resurfacing of the streets with Hot Mix and or chip seal, provision of street markings for vehicular and pedestrian lanes and permanent signage.  This project will cost approximately $2,219,746.10 and will be carried out by Imer Hernandez Development Co. Ltd, a local firm.

These street projects will satisfy a number of important objectives including putting in place proper traffic safety measures that can be monitored and enforced by the respective municipal traffic departments;  addressing health issues that normally affects street users during the dry and rainy seasons; and improving the general aesthetics and attractiveness of the areas in the participating municipalities. 

The BMDP is a $30 million dollar Government project, which aims to provide much needed infrastructure in seven major municipalities in the country.  It is being implemented by the Project Implementation Unit of the BMDP, under the umbrella of the Social Investment Fund, and aims to improve access to basic municipal infrastructure and to enhance municipal management in selected Town and City Councils of Belize.  These include Belmopan, Benque Viejo del Carmen, San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Dangriga, Punta Gorda, Corozal and Orange Walk. The project is focusing on three main categories namely: Municipal Infrastructure Investments, Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for Town and City Councils and Central Government, and Project Management and Administration.

Currently, bids are being evaluated for major street rehabilitation for the municipalities of Belmopan, Corozal and Orange Walk as follows:   Belmopan - Nim Li Punit, Hummingbird and Raccoon Streets; Corozal Town - Punta Gorda and 1st North Street and Orange Walk Town - Santa Familia Street. The estimated value for this project is $2,586,000.00.