Before the Orange Walk bypass was constructed, there was debate on whether it should be put on the eastern or the western side.
Dave Burgos, who was a member of the House of Representatives on the PUP ticket at the time, explained to me that the eastern side was better because the cane traffic from that side had to pass through town on its way to the factory, and the traffic on the western side had the B.S.I. road, which avoided passing through the town.
This was very bad, because many people had been hurt in traffic because of those monstrous vehicles passing through the town.
I heard Mr. Fairweather (RIP), the surveyor, call on the radio many years ago, and he stated that they had already surveyed the western side for such a project.
The bypass was built on the eastern side and over the years, it has been good for the cane traffic.
But the eastern side is mostly low land and takes many years and money to develop. The town and surroundings are moving to the west, high land, and now it’s high time for the powers that be to look at the second half of the bypass and transform it to a ring road or beltway, for the town. The plan was supposedly already there.
Paved roads bring development, “no mek no ghost fool yuh”, and Orange Walk is badly in need of some of that right now. My envy kicks in any time I take a drive to the Cayo area and see the development there, and nothing is happening in the North.
This project would be a big boost to any politician willing to promote it.
For the love of Orange Walk, let’s hope it gets addressed.