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There are a number of complaints rising from motorists travelling the Phillip Goldson Highway that passes through Orange Walk Town. Following the launch of the rehabilitation project, road works began almost immediately. But as the old saying goes, with progress comes problems. Aside from the inconvenient, yet necessary, road blocks, residents along the road have had to endure a stifling amount of dust rising from the road. Now, the showers over the last days have reversed that situation and residents and motorists alike have to deal with a muddied road. The rains have washed away much of the smoothed surface and the section that the Belize Water Services has been working on along the road side is also causing some problems. As a result of the complaints, we contacted the Ministry of Works to find out more about the progress of the road work and what is being done, if anything, to minimize the inconveniences to the public.


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The rehabilitation of the Phillip Goldson Highway passing through town is long overdue, but now that the project is underway, there are other concerns the public have.


It goes without saying that before the public can appreciate a good highway they have to endure some inconveniences. The question now is how much inconveniences and can those being experienced now be lessened in some way.

Following the rains earlier this week, the condition of the road deteriorated as the rain washed away much of the surface leaving large potholes scattered along the road.  Some motorists have even suffered damage to their vehicles under these circumstances. Others, with small vehicles have to maneuver cautiously.


Like we mentioned before, it is understood that before it looks pretty there has to be some mess. So we contacted the Ministry of Works today and CEO Errol Gentle told us that the contractor is responsible in ensuring the work runs smoothly.


Errol Gentle – CEO, Ministry of Works


“I can’t say exactly what is going on right now on the ground as it relates it the damages the rains are creating but the contractor is the person who is responsible, after the contract is signed, the contract was signed on the 25th of April and the contractor has six months to complete the first phase, but ones the contract has been signed and the areas handed over to the contractor then the contractor is responsible for the site clearing and for the care of works for the setting out and everything else so if there is any problem with traffic control or I think you mentioned earlier vehicles bagging on the road itself then the contractor is responsible to ensure that the area is kept in good care.”


Then there are works done further ahead on the road that the Belize Water Service has been conducting. This too has temporarily deteriorated the condition of the highway. Gentle says coordination on the ground to ensure the inconveniences are minimized is between the company and the contractor.


Errol Gentle – CEO, Ministry of Works


“We discussed with BWS and asked that they to go in and get the work done, the coordination on the ground however is between the Water Service and the Contractor but the thing it is that at the request of the government of Belize that the Water Service went in and start doing the replacement of their pipes because if you realize where the pipes run it is no use to go ahead and repair the highway and then at the end of the day they come and they want to do repairs so we have allowed for them to do their repairs ahead of the actual road construction.”


First phase of the project is on schedule according to Gentle and should be completed on time. That phase is being carried out by Imer Hernandez. And while the weather is out of any man’s control, Gentle says he’ll do his part to ensure the work is carried as best as possible.


Errol Gentle – CEO, Ministry of Works


“If there is any inconvenience to the public then we request the inconvenience and I will personally talk to the contractor and ask him if there is any undue not delay but if there is any undue inconvenience in his side if he can try to rectify it as soon as possible and what we are doing at the end of the day is to bring relief to the general public even though we don’t have much control over the weather conditions.”


So while the present conditions of the road may not be to everyone’s satisfaction, the only thing motorist can do is drive carefully to minimize damage to their vehicles, and then again there are some who don’t seem to mind the potholes like this driver.


The project was divided into three phases, according to Gentle. He adds that they are doing one phase at a time. The contract for the first phase has been the only one signed. BWS is still scheduled to continue works in the weeks to come.

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