Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2022. 6:33 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Our colleagues at KREM News report that the toll booth at Tower Hill, Orange Walk District, where the 75 cents toll per trip was usually paid to enter and exit the Orange Walk District, was razed, reportedly due to the ongoing road works to upgrade the Philip Goldson Highway.
We understand from historical sources that the bridge at Tower Hill was built in 1966 by the then-owners of the sugar factory, Tate and Lyle, to replace a ferry that previously was used to cross the New River (a similar ferry was in place at the Northern Border outside Corozal Town, and others are still active elsewhere in the country). It was used to deliver sugar cane from lands across the river. The toll money goes to the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (previously Works), ostensibly to maintain the bridge.
And while traveling Belizeans may be glad to see the back of the booth, for now, KREM says official information is that Cabinet will decide whether a booth will be installed there again after the works are completed.
The bridge is one of two that operates using tolls in Belize – the other is the Barry Bowen Bridge in San Pedro Town, which connects the northern and southern portions of Ambergris Caye over Boca Del Rio. That structure has undergone severe wear and tear since its building in 2006 by patron and namesake Sir Barry Bowen and area representative Andre Perez said a new bridge will be built side by side with the original, which will also be rebuilt.
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