CDB and the Government of Belize Continue Road Safety Improvement Efforts in Belize
The principal route linking the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts to Belize City, and the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport, is in line for an upgrade thanks to a technical assistance loan of USD350,000 by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the Government of Belize. The CDB loan will assist in financing the services of consultants to prepare a feasibility study and detailed designs for the section of the Philip Goldson Highway (Northern Highway) between Haulover Bridge and the Airport Road. The feasibility study and redesign are in response to an anticipated increase in the already high traffic volumes in the area, as a result of residential development. To complement the project, the Project Execution Unit within the Ministry of Works and Transport, recently conducted four days of road safety audit training for local road safety professionals. The training looked at both the theoretical and practical aspects of a road safety audit. The training covered areas such as: what is road safety and why the need for road safety; the collision problem, its causation and application of the statistics; accident data collection and use of data; principles of road safety audit; and road safety audit methods using the United States' Federal Highway Administration Road Safety Audit Guidelines and the United Kingdom's Highways Agency Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. The training sessions took place August 1-2, 2013 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, Belize City, and August 5-6, 2013 on the Philip Goldson Highway (Northern Highway). This effort also complements existing on-going actions being implemented by the Government of Belize on the CDB-financed Road Safety Project. CAPTION: Participants in the Road Safety Audit Training during one of the practical exercises on the Philip Goldson Highway (Northern Highway). Visit the Photo Library for more images.