A PROJECT WITH DISASTER/FLOOD MITIGATION IMPLICATIONS
CONTRACT SIGNED FOR RAISING/WIDENING/UPGRADING/PAVING
OF CROOKED TREE VILLAGE ACCESS ROAD/CAUSEWAY
At NEMO, we note and welcome the signing this past Tuesday, January 16, 2018 of the contract for the Feasibility Study and Design for the raising, widening, upgrading and paving of the Crooked Tree Access Road/Causeway (5.6 Kilometres). The agreement is between the Government of Belize and Caribbean Civil Group Limited which is executing this phase of the project. It is for around BZE$750,000 and partly funded by GOB with technical assistance from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The study and design work commence almost immediately and will be completed in 8 months; and the road works will begin shortly after.The contract was signed by Minister of Works Hon Rene Montero and Principal Consultant for Caribbean Civil Group Limited, Ray R McKenzie. Also signing as witness was our Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, who is also Area Representative for Belize Rural North, the constituency in which Crooked Tree Village falls.
We note that the village of Crooked Tree, whose access road crosses a lagoon,presents a yearly, seasonal challenge for NEMO and other related departments and organizations, such as the Belize Coast Guard and Belize Defence Force, with access to and from that village having often been cut off with the rising of water levels.This project therefore represents for us a long- term, flood mitigation measure and we join residents and visitors of Crooked Tree in welcoming it.A group of Crooked Tree residents were in Belmopan on Tuesday to witness for themselves the signing of the contract for this feasibility and design stage of the project.