By Aaron Humes: The second phase of the Caracol Road upgrade, covering 26 miles, is scheduled to begin in June, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing Julius Espat announced in the House of Representatives on Friday.
“Since we came in, we had to renegotiate not only the timespan in which we could sign the contract, due to economic constraints, but also we managed to redesign [the project] and save the Belizean people approximately 25 million dollars, and that’s something that I believe the Government of Belize, we are proud of that,” Espat said, reiterating the Ministry’s commitment to efficiency.
The Caracol Road project was one immediately targeted for review and re-design upon the PUP’s taking office, winning a deferral of the signing of contracts with the Kuwaiti Fund until April of 2022. The project was included in this year’s budget.
Cisco Construction won the bid and received its letters on March 14 and contracts were signed on April 11.
The second phase consists of three lots: Lot A covering 14.9 miles from the Pinol Line to the Guamacayo Bridge; Lot B, a new Guamacayo bridge over the Macal River; and Lot C covering 11.1 miles from the Guamacayo Bridge to the Caracol Archaeological Site.
Construction is expected to take between 24 and 30 months in all for a cost of US$28.3 million between the three lots, including the chip-and-seal of the road, safety features, and replacement of culverts where necessary.
The first phase of the road covered the route from the entrance of the George Price Highway at Santa Elena Town to Cristo Rey and San Antonio and around to the entrance at Georgeville.