Posted: Monday, October 21, 2019. 6:14 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize (GOB) today signed a contract with Taiwanese firm, Overseas Engineering and Construction Company Limited S.A. (OECC), for the upgrade of the Corozal/Sarteneja Road.
The contract signing follows the signing of a loan agreement between the Government of Belize and the Export-Import Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (EXIM Bank) for a sum of US$50M on September 9, 2019 for the road project.
OECC has extensive road construction experience in the Caribbean and Central American regions.
Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize were Minister of Works, Rene Montero and Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Works, Errol Gentle.
Legal Representative of OECC, Yun-Yeh Hsiao signed on the firm’s behalf.
The contract is for the design and upgrading of 43.2 km (27 miles) of road, including the construction of two bridges to replace old ferries at Pueblo Nuevo and Laguna Seca. Upon completion, the new road will provide a direct and all-weather link between Corozal Town on the Northern Highway and many of the communities to the east of the Progresso Lagoon-John Piles Creek–Laguna Seca Waterway System, including the village of Sarteneja.
The contract also provides for the design, construction supervision, and updating of the Feasibility and Environmental and Social Impact Study that was completed in 2000.
This includes conducting topographical surveys, conducting hydrological modelling to design adequate drainage structures for the road, and preparing preliminary designs and final designs for the 43.2 km of road upgrade.
The road will be upgraded to pave standard with a doubled chip and seal and with proper drainage considerations to ensure its resilience against climate change impacts.
Additionally, it will provide enhanced road furniture and safety measures such as line marking, cat’s eyes, vertical and horizontal signage and construction of bus stops with laybys.
The upgraded Corozal/Sarteneja Road will accommodate heavier vehicles, strengthen its resilience against climate change impacts, and provide more convenience to the travelling public.
Extensive consultations will be held with stakeholders to ensure a design which is appropriate for the area.
The road is expected to be completed within 54 months latest after contract signing.
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