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Works Minister and CEO tour new Roaring Creek bridge and George Price highway projects

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019. 10:43 am CST.

By Delroy Cuthkelvin: On Wednesday, 27th February, Minister of Works, Hon Rene Montero and Works CEO, Errol Gentle, toured and inspected ongoing infrastructure works including the Roaring Creek Bridge replacement and the rehabilitation of the George Price Highway, from the Roaring Creek Bridge all the way to Blackman Eddy and Iguana Creek Bridge on the Spanish Lookout Access Road. This includes the restructuring and widening of the highway at the dangerous Z-Curve.

Following the tour, CEO Gentle said, “The work is impressive, and I am extremely happy with the progress. The quality is there, and I think when this project is completed, both the bridge and the highway, it will be a massive improvement in moving our vehicular traffic along the George Price Highway. The Roaring Creek Bridge is an extremely narrow bridge. But the main problem we had there had to do with flooding. Sometimes that bridge became impassable. The new structure, that massive structure that you’re seeing there, is well above where the river used to raise, so there is absolutely no way flooding will affect that bridge. It is also much wider, and so we can have much better movement of traffic there. But, when it comes to flooding, there will be absolutely no problem there.”

Elaborating on the attributes of the new bridge, Hon Rene Montero said, “It is actually 11 feet higher than the present bridge, so at no time will we have that new bridge under water. It is a bridge guaranteed for 100 years. We are getting value for money, and all of that is being done here locally by M&M Construction.”

Speaking of the highway rehabilitation, Hon Montero said, “Now this project here is being executed by Teichroeb and Sons, from the base of the bridge to the entrance of Spanish Lookout, Iguana Creek Bridge. Here we are also getting value for money. This road will be second to none. It will be built to international standard, and it will have all the safety features that an international road has. Just last week, we signed the third road project which will be from the entrance of Iguana Creek Bridge to Santa Elena, up to the roundabout. But it won’t end there. After that, we have a fourth project that will take us all the way to the border, the Benque Viejo border.”

In conclusion, Hon Montero remarked, “We promised and we are delivering. This is a Government that walks the talk. No country can develop unless we have good infrastructure, and that’s what we’re building.”

Hon Montero and CEO Gentle were accompanied on their tour by Cayo South UDP Caretaker Representative Ramon Witz.

 

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