General — 20 June 2014 — by Kareem Clarke

In February of this year, the Government of Belize (GOB) committed a total of 10 million dollars to infrastructure works across Belize City, and this past Wednesday at his press conference, Prime Minister Dean Barrow outlined how the second tranche of those monies will be spent.

According to Barrow, 35 more streets will be renovated as part of an unprecedented spending commitment to City Hall which the UDP hopes will catapult current Mayor Darrell Bradley to another term in the Mayor’s seat.

He gave a list of some of the streets which fall within the scope of infrastructural works in the pipeline and their respective costs.

Barrow said, “The streets that Government is now going to pay for in the city during phase 2 are St. Charles Street at a cost of $202,154.00; St. Matthews Street — $218,000; Magazine Road at $119,175; Castle Street at $145,218; Lancaster Street at $45,334; Amara Avenue from Orange to Allenby Streets at a cost of $395,467; George Street at a cost of $450,134; West Street at a cost of $299,378 and the continuation of Princess Margaret Drive at a cost of $1,900,000; plus $43,555 for sidewalks.”

Mayor Bradley pointed out that at the end of the current $3.8 million infrastructural project, 137 streets, or 1 in every 3 streets in Belize City, will have been paved, which amounts to 30% of the 520 city streets.

PM Barrow also mentioned that additional infrastructure projects are in line for the other towns and districts across Belize, such as a $4.4 million concreting program in Corozal, upgrading of the Philip Goldson Highway in Orange Walk, and a $3 million road rehabilitation project in San Pedro.

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