Hopkins Road Upgrade to Start Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

Upgrading of Hopkins roadA Launching Ceremony to signal the start of works for the upgrading of the Hopkins road from the Southern Highway to the Main Street of Hopkins Village at King Cassava will take place on April 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.. The project, funded by the Government of Belize and a grant from the European Union (EU) as part of the Belize Rural Development Project II, will be executed through a contract with Belize Roadway Construction in partnership with Rodla Construction Company Ltd.

Tourists and Belizeans alike with the desire to travel and explore the country of Belize will enjoy the outcome of the project, which will result in the 4 ½ mile road upgraded from gravel to paved status. The project will not only enhance the beauty and appeal of travelling to Hopkins but will also increase the livelihoods of the people of the village by a foreseeable influx of visitors and consequently business to the village of Hopkins.

The works will feature the raising of the road and the widening of bridges which will allow easier access and improved driving safety for road users. The adding of approximately 32 culverts for proper drainage will manage flood waters and help to prevent the deterioration of the road itself. A 300 foot long swale (a depression between slopes to provide for drainage) is also to be incorporated on a portion of the road closer to the entrance of the village to permit water to be effectively channeled without causing structural damage to the road and help minimize the risk of flooding on either side of the road.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Santino Castillo, Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Rene Montero, CEO in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and National Authorising Officer, H.E. Yvonne Hyde, and the EU Technical Support Officer to Belize, Mr. Cosimo Lamberti-Fossati will be present at the Ceremony.