Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2022. 2:45 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) said the construction of two permanent mid-river foundation piers for the new Haulover Bridge will get underway on Saturday, January 15, according to a press release by the Government of Belize Press Office.
“Work is about to commence on the new Haulover Bridge, a project of which we at the MIDH are immensely proud considering we managed to save $30M while providing a stronger, wider, better-designed bridge,” said the MIDH on social media.
The bridge wіll bе rерlасеd оvеr thе nехt twо уеаrѕ аt а соѕt оf јuѕt undеr $31 mіllіоn after rejecting thе іnіtіаl ѕіnglе ѕраn ѕtееl аrсh dеѕіgn and ѕіnglе bіd fоr $59.4 mіllіоn. Government ѕіgnеd а соntrасt wіth М&М Еngіnееrіng Соnѕultаntѕ Lіmіtеd which will rерlасе thе сurrеnt ѕіnglе-lаnе ѕtruсturе wіth а nеw multiple-ѕраn rеіnfоrсеd соnсrеtе ѕtruсturе.
The MIDH said the Haulover Bridge Replacement Project contractor, M&M Engineering Consultants Ltd., will begin the construction in the Belize River at a location just downstream of the existing bridge.
“Multiple heavy lifting barges will be used as platforms for heavy equipment used in the driving of piles and the construction of the reinforced concrete piers,” said a statement by the MIDH.
The Ministry said the work will be executed from barges which will be mostly stationary but at times there may be movement while ferrying materials, equipment, and personnel.
As a safety precaution, the MIDH said “No wake” signs will be erected to caution boaters to go slow when approaching the Haulover Bridge from either side.
“Boaters using the river in that area in the coming weeks are asked to exercise care as foundation piles will be driven and reinforced concrete piers will be built. It’s a big move for the MIDH and a bigger benefit for the people of Belize,” said the MIDH.
The Ministry of Infrastructure Development said it thanked “the public for its cooperation in respecting and abiding by these safety precautions and exercising due attention and care when navigating through the worksite”.
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