Significant Upgrade for George Price Highway Print E-mail
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Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

On Monday, January 6th, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development signed agreements with two contractors as part of the Belize Road Safety Demonstration Corridor Project.

A contract was signed with TEICHROEB & Sons Ltd for Road Safety furniture and delineation. The contractor will be responsible to install safety barriers, Pedestrian crossings, chevron signs, warning signs and delineation - road marking along the 80 kilometer stretch of the George Price Highway from Belize City to Belmopan. A second contract was signed with M&R Construction Ltd. for Resealing of the road. The contractor will be responsible for the installation of road studs, and resealing of the section on the George Price Highway where the running surface is presently of limestone chippings.

The Belize Road Safety Demonstration Corridor Project is in line with recommendations made in the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) Belize Report of 2012 and will improve the safety of road infrastructure along the 80 km corridor of the George Price Highway between Belize City and Belmopan. The project was officially launched on March 14th 2013 and is being implemented through a $14,495,000 loan from the CDB with GOB counterpart contribution of $3,191,000. The contracts are for a 12-month period and should be completed by June of 2015.

Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Economic Development, Yvonne Hyde, said the most visible feature of the project is the infrastructural upgrade but there is an educational component in the road safety project that is just as important. A Communications Consultant will be hired to undertake a baseline and post-project Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) Survey in order to develop a Communications Strategy to implement biannual awareness campaign over a thirty-six month period. In addition, a Curriculum Consultant will be hired to assist the Ministry of Education in strengthening the focus of road safety in the curricula of early childhood education, basic education, and teacher education along with the development of appropriate pedagogical resources to support effective delivery of the school programme.