Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2022. 8:01 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias:
The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) said it is now replacing the mile marker signs along the 77 miles of the George Price Highway from the Supreme Court in Belize City, which is the historical starting point, to the Western Border past Benque Viejo del Carmen.
The MIDH said the realignments done to the highway over the years will undoubtedly affect where the replacement mile marker signs will be placed.
The MIDH explained that replacing mile markers is a necessary and periodic exercise that it has to conduct for the benefit of motorists and the emergency response community.
“The mile marker signs will serve motorists, law enforcement, emergency responders, and MIDH maintenance crews in more accurate location identification and reporting of collisions and reporting of disaster and maintenance activities on highways,” said the MIDH.
According to the Ministry, Belize has a Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices which establishes the national guidelines for traffic applications in Belize. The manual allows for reference markers to be placed at shorter distances than at the traditional one-mile intervals we are accustomed to in Belize.
The MIDH said that after much deliberation, the MIDH decided to continue placing the markers at one-mile intervals since “it is the most adequate and cost-effective way to implement the mile markers”.
The MIDH said the replacement of mile marker signs on the George Price Highway will be followed by the replacement of the signs along all major highways and village roads and that the work should take a couple months.
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