Roatan’s Beauty, Truth & Wisdom

Dale Jackson of Roatan Municipality drives a piece of heavy machinery near Mud Hole, on the north side of the Roatan Municipality.

Roatan is Getting a Badly Needed Facelift

The amount of road maintenance and new road construction taking place in the summer of 2018 is a game changer for Roatan. “You can hear the change of the atmosphere. When you go and pay your taxes you actually feel good about it,” says Ing. Gustavo Isnardi Jr. of Bay Islands Development Company [BIDC]. BIDC has completed two repair contracts for roads from Pensacola to West Bay, West Bay to West End, West End to Oak Ridge. Each contract was around 26 to 27 million Lempiras. “We actually did pavement at entrances to ensure the overall investment,” says Ing. Isnardi. The emergency funds that paid for the patching were paid by Central Government entities: Sobtravi, ZOLITUR, INSEP and others.

A brand new paved road will open the north side of Roatan to traffic and investment opportunities linking the communities of Mud Hole, Corozal with Brick Bay. The Municipality awarded the 49 million Lps. 8.8 kilometer paving contract to Ing. Luis Alvarado. Roatan Municipality is doing all the preparatory work and grading and is also handling negotiations with local owners about donating land to the right of way. The first 800 meters of the north side road, from the easternmost end of Sandy Bay to just beyond the municipal dump, were paved in 2012 under Mayor Julio Galindo’s administration, but paving stripped abruptly. The new construction is scheduled to be completed by October 2018, but is likely to be delayed into the early 2019. “This will be a completely different island when the projects are finished,” says Ing. Luis Alvarado.

There are other substantial projects taking place including the 5.6 Kilometers white topping contract running from McNab Plaza and the Santos Guardiola Municipal border has been won by Island Concrete and is funded by the Roatan Municipality. There is even talk of closing the excising dump and opening another dump by 2019.

Much of the damage to Roatan’s paved roads was done by heavy traffic and water running over the roads. Central Government’s Fondo Vial is, at least in theory, responsible for maintenance and repair of culverts under national roads. “Most of the drainage system isn’t even damaged, but it just wasn’t maintained. It accumulated a lot of dirt,” says Ing. Isnardi. Even the road section by RECO, the Catholic Church and the mall will get new paving. “We have a lot of equipment here and we are ready to go to work,” says Ing. Isnardi.

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