Infrastructure and Economic Development on New Road Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:00

Artist's Rendition of New roadUnder the Belize City Council's program to concrete streets, 33 have been completed so far. But the Council's vision is not limited to ensuring a smoother ride for motorists and better water flow in the drains the vision is all encompassing. Part of that vision is to stimulate economic activity in the Old Capital. The first phase of that vision is currently being implemented on New Road where the stretch between Hyde’s Lane and Queen Street will see more than just the paving of the street.

According to Councilor Roger Espejo, the upgrade is in compliance with the Belize City Master Plan, which was developed last year. That plan looks at the urbanizing of some areas across the city. And, the first test will take place on New Road. Espejo says that the plans that have been drafted and which are being implemented take into account the preservation of "the traditional feel of what was the core of Belize City but at the same time with a new fresh modern flair".

Under the project the sidewalks will stamp-concreted, and will be widened to show appreciation to pedestrians. The carriageway will be upgraded and the area will be landscaped to make it more environmentally firendly. Additionally, a proper structure will be placed at the Holy Redeemer School for parents to be able to pick up and drop off their children.

This first project, says Espejo, is the beginning of the Belize City Council taking on the recommendations of the Belize City Master Plan. Under the Master Plan, developments are done taking into consideration economic development. In this particular case, Espejo says that the project will accomplish just that as well, as improve the tourism potential for the area and it will generally be good for the well being of the citizens of Belize.

The project is being implemented by International Environments under strict guidelines of best practices and quality assurance at a cost of 218 thousand dollars.