Posted: Monday, September 5, 2022. 3:50 pm CST.
Photo Credit: MIDH
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) is already working on the reparation of damaged roads in the Toledo District.
On Saturday, September 3, the MIDH sent out a press release in which it identified 11 roads its crews would be repairing in the Toledo District and that same day it also made a post on social media that it had started the work.
“Do the heavy rains and have traffic mess up our roads? For sure. We just don’t have the resources to pave all these rural networks. But we listen to our people and our teams do their best. Our commitment is real. Many years of neglect won’t be erased overnight. But we answer the call every time,” said the MIDH.
According to the MIDH, the Toledo District has “379 miles of roadway with most of the gravel-surfaced roads situated in remote rural areas”. Many of these, it said, had been “affected by inclement weather and have been further damaged with continued usage by heavy vehicles over the past few days”. The MIDH said its senior technical staff met on Friday and developed an action plan which was approved for immediate implementation.
The MIDH said a team comprising three road engineers from Belmopan along with road maintenance operators and equipment from the MIDH Stann Creek Road Maintenance Unit and “five suitably equipped road contractors” would mobilize as of Friday, September 2 “to Toledo for seven days in the first instance to address eleven roads identified for immediate repairs”.
The MIDH also posted photographs and a video of work that its crews had started on that same Friday, September 2, on the San Lucas quarry-Corozal Road.
“Yesterday work started on the road from the San Lucas quarry to Corazon. Today those upgrading works will continue into the community of Otoxha. We’re putting a lot into these works and ask residents to bear with the inconvenience just a little longer,” said the MIDH.
Then, on Sunday, September 4, the MIDH made another post saying the crews were also working on the Conejo-Sunday Wood Road.
“Just a few pictures which certainly don’t reflect the work that is being put in to alleviate road damage in the South. This stretch is Conejo to Sunday Wood, which is one of the nine roads strategically selected by the MIDH to receive major upgrading,” said the MIDH.
“We mean no offense when we say it’s easy to sit on Facebook and complain. We’ll take it, because it motivates all of us to work even harder to make the lives of our people better.”
The roads identified by the MIDH are:
1. Boom Creek Road
2. Conejo Road – Sunday Wood
3. Sunday Wood – Crique Sarco
4. Sunday Wood – Corazon (bypass
5. Corazon Road – Otoxha – Dolores – Machakilha
6. Santa Cruz – San Jose Bypass
7. Santa Teresa – Mabil Ha – San Lucas – Corazon
8. San Antonio – Crique Jute – San Jose.
9. Laguna Road
10. Aguacate Road
11. Monkey River Road
“The public is, therefore, encouraged to assist the ministry by alerting the chief executive officer or its district branch in Punta Gorda Town of poor road conditions which affect them and require urgent repairs,” added the MIDH.
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