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Screen_Shot_2014-06-13_at_8.13.05_PMYesterday the government launched the work on the Philip Goldson Highway which has been in dire need of repairs for many months now. In a short ceremony, the works were kicked off. We must note though, that not a single PUP Area Rep was invited to the ceremony much less the Mayor of Orange Walk and from what we have been told that did not sit too well with certain organizations. So, who managed to make it on the list of invitees? Well, wanna be political figures seeking office under the UDP umbrella.


Back to the upgrade of the road, why did it take so long for works to get started? According to Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, there was a need to wait as assessments were a vital part of the entire process.


Gaspar Vega – Deputy Prime Minister

“We have made our studies, different contractor brought in their different bids, but we ensured that along the construction or the upliftment of the street we would have done proper drainage because we are convinced that if we do not have proper drainage it would be a street for much less time that what it could probably serve if it is done with the best planning and for you to do that it takes time, they had to do a topographic study to ensure where the water is going to be drained out to because we don’t want a drain on the street that will accumulate water and keep the water there, it has to be drained out.”


A total of four point five miles of the road will be ripped and reconstructed. That is from the Come n Go Gas Station to the area passing through Trial Farm Village. Vega says a total of one point six million dollars has been allotted to each mile. The project will be carried out in phases of a mile each and contracts will be handed to more than one contractor so as to ensure the best delivery and that the work is concluded in the shortest time period possible, according to Government. And the first mile has been contracted to...........the controversial Imer Hernandez.


Imer Hernandes – Contractor

“We just got the project for making this road from Orange Walk is to do some hot mix and some drainage with walk ways.”




“And how long does it take for one to complete a project like this out of four or five miles of road?”


Imer Hernandes – Contractor


“You have to understand that my company doesn’t have the four miles, we only have a mile of contract and we don’t know if we are going to get the rest, we are working hard and we are sure we are going to do a good job with this.”


According to Hernandez, he has not received the contract for the other miles. He says the work on one mile of the road should take about four months to complete.

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