Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2022. 2:21 pm CST.
Photo Credit: San Pedro Town Council
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The San Pedro Town Council and the Office of Mayor Wally Nunez issued a press release on Wednesday, October 5, to clarify statements made to the local newspapers regarding the construction of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge and the paving of the roads on Ambergris Caye.
“The San Pedro Town Council is finalizing a loan at the sum of $5 Million which would allow the Council to complete building of the much-needed second bridge,” said the press release.
“It also includes culverts, and road repairs that began last year.
“The Bridge Project entails removing the wooden bridge and replacing it with a concrete bridge similar to what has already been constructed, which, when completed, will allow for 2-way traffic. The estimated completion of the entire bridge is projected by the end of Dec 2022.”
The San Pedro Sun reported on October 3, 2022, that the San Pedro Town Council needed $3 million more to complete the project due to material being used and additional features such as a row of lights in the middle.
“The Mayor said they had secured a $2 million loan for the project; however, almost a year later, they will need $3 million more to finish the project,” said The San Pedro Sun.
Regarding the paving of the streets, the San Pedro Town Council said that it recently acquired a grader for the constant maintenance of the roads, and it is obtaining another one.
“The San Pedro Town Council is committed to the residents of the island to find a more permanent solution to the road situation. As such the Council has met with various private sector and government entities to find a solution,” said the San Pedro Town Council.
The press release said the paving of the main roads on Ambergris Caye, including all the main streets in the residential areas, is estimated at around $17 million.
“These are only estimated figures that were provided to the Council. Now, options are being explored to fund the project, but nothing has been finalized,” said the San Pedro Town Council.
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