The Orange Walk Town Council has begun laying the first of two coats of pavement on Guadalupe Street. Rehabilitation work on the street began a few weeks back and with the good weather today, the council nears completion of that project. We spoke with Mayor Kevin Bernard who says work should be done shortly.


Screen_Shot_2015-09-29_at_8.09.56_PMMayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town


“This really means a lot for the residence of this area, this is a very, very busy street and so we will be putting down the second coat very soon, I must again thank again the business community who contributed significantly to this project and of course the people of Orange Walk through the taxes that they have been paying and the council is putting the entire rest of the bill.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“When do you expect to have this completely finished?”


Mayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town


“The first coat will be done today and then within the next 14 to 16 days they will be monitoring the work and then they will be putting down the second coat but I believe within the next 15 days we should have the second coat of this street paved.”


Mayor Bernard adds that the work on other streets are going to continue as they have identified priority street that need urgent attention.


Mayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town


“We have been sitting together and talking to the contractors there are other areas for example we had street that we had paved manually before like the Sapodilla and Mahogany we want to go in and put the second coat using the contractor we have the Staines alley that needs to put down the second coat, we have Belize Street, we have Muffles Street that needs to put it coat over we are looking at those key outlets in the own town area but these are plans that we have Cinderella is another key outlet we are hoping that we can sit down by now and December but our goal is to cover the main arteries within the center part of town, so that  people can connect, Oleander street is another key street, Orchid Drive is another key street that we need to look at, the San Francisco street is another big street that it has to be looked at from a major investment point of view, the council can only do so much but we will do what we can do like I said this term is a term for infrastructure work for street investment that is what we are gearing to do and this is the continuation of the project that we have started in  2012.”


And as for the council’s critics, Mayor Bernard emphasized that the council has worked in partnership with the business community to fix the street and several other. He further challenges the UDP to take charge and commit to the people.

 

Mayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town


“You’ve been hearing propaganda going around that Mr. Aragon claiming that it is because of him we decided to pave this street well I have news for Mr. Aragon he could take down his sign because it is the people of Orange Walk that have decided that contributing through their taxes and getting this street done, I challenge him however, to take the monies that he has been granted through the government and go and pave Liberty Avenue, election has been called no more talking let’s see the work and I challenge him to go pave Liberty Avenue and the junction of Boundary Road like how he has promised the people of Orange Walk East.”

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