Reconstruction of Hummingbird Highway

Period: 1990 - 1994
Contract: Reconstruction of Hummingbird Highway Sibun Bridge to Middlesex
Country: Belize
Employer: Government of Belize
Employer's Address: Ministry of Works
Power Lane,
European Development Fund
Project No. 7 ACP BEL 001
Nature of Works:

Reconstruction of the Hummingbird Highway to a Two Lane Bitumen Surfaced and construction of drainage structures and short span bridges. The Hummingbird Highway is on mountainous terrain, which requires vertical and horizontal level changes.

Salient points of the Works are:
Length – 23,200 M
Cut volume – 399,000 M3 approximately
Fill volume – 310,000 M3 approximately
Base – crushed rock – 33,000 M3 approximately
Provided by Cisco’s crusher.
Pave surfaced- 211,000 M2 approximately
chips provided by Cisco’s crusher.


The vertical alignment required the blasting of rock in four locations of the highway.

Quarry Operations

The Company owned and operated a Crusher that produced all the Base Material (33,000M3) and concrete aggregate (1,800 M3) required.

Drainage Structures

Approximately 86 cross culverts were installed; 2,200 LM of corrugated pipes was supplied and 1000 M3 of concrete was poured in head wall structures.

Short Span Bridges

Two types of bridges were built:

Hammock Bridge – Box Culvert
Double 3M X 3M X 37M Long
460 M3 of concrete was poured.

Fairweather Bridge – Bridge
9.4M wide X 12.2M Long
7.1M above water level
Approximately 275 M3 of concrete was required for the slab and abutments.

Role: Sole Contractor
Total Value of Contract: BZ $ 19,293,300.00
US$ 9,646,650.00
Contract Awarded: January 15, 1994
Period: 27 Months
Completion Date: April, 1996
Funding Agency:


Funding: European Union

Savings was achieved on the contract and works was extended from Alta Vista to Middlesex totaling an additional 10 km. Various small bridges were replaced by large culverts at Steadfast Village.

Cisco Construction Ltd, re-designed, using “Mac Road”�, (a computer programme for road building) approximately 20 km of the Stann Creek Valley Road.

The FIDIC contract form was not used, instead The New Engineering Contract form was used.
Its use was monitored by ODA for future use.

Drainage Structures

Approximately 45 concrete surround cross culverts and approximately 175 access culverts were installed. Approximately 2,250 LM of corrugated pipe was supplied and approximately 2,300M3 of concrete was poured to surround the cross culverts and to construct the head wall structures. The culverts ranged in size from a single 900 M structure to a structure containing 7 lengths of 1,800 M to a single 3.860M structure.

All pipe culverts were produced on the job site by the Company’s Culvert Fabricating