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Posted by:Mar 23rd 2007, 09:14:24 pm
Fig Tree News Team23rd March
$7M In Roadwork To Begin In Eleuthera

Minister of Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts yesterday completed a crucial hurdle for essential infrastructure work in settlements from north to south Eleuthera as he declared that the Christie Government has effected a major transformation in Eleuthera’s economy over the last five years.

The minister traveled to the island to sign several contracts for the repaving and repair and initial paving of roads in south, central and north Eleuthera including Current Island.

The contracts were valued at over $7.4 million in total with only three local contractors securing them. Works officials used an evaluation criterion where each of the contractors was awarded one part of the road work.

Nu View Construction Co. was awarded the south Eleuthera roadwork package at its tendered sum of $1.3 million plus a 10 percent contingency for a total of $1.4 million, according to Minister Roberts. Symonette Enterprises Ltd. was awarded the central Eleuthera road works package at the lowest tendered sum of $2.8 million along with a 10 percent contingency for a total package of $3 million. Eleuthera Pavers was awarded the third contract at a total of $2.9 million inclusive of the same ten percent contingency.

"During these past five years, the rehabilitation of the roads throughout The Bahamas has been a high priority for my ministry and the Perry Christie Government," said Minister Roberts.

"The record will show that we have carried our road rehabilitation projects extending from Grand Bahama in the north down to Acklins Island in the southern Bahamas.

"The main roads here on Eleuthera and on Harbour Island were enhanced and so is the main road on Russell Island which connects to Spanish Wells."

In north Eleuthera the work is expected to concentrate on some 4 miles of the Queen’s Highway, north of the Glass Window Bridge along with 28,000 square yards of road verge. In Lower Bogue, the work is to target 1.5 miles of side roads along with 7,500 square yards of road verge. In Upper Bogue, a half mile of roadway is to be paved and in the Bluff the concentration will be on one mile of roadway.

In the central part of the island the contractors are to complete work on 3 miles of main roads in Governor’s Harbour and James Cistern; approximately 3.5 miles of side roads and 5.5 miles of road in Palmetto Point and Savannah Sound.

Reconstruction of settlement roads in the island’s south is expected to focus on 5.2 miles of roadway in total and the clearing of approximately 20,000 square feet of road verges.

Minister Roberts explained that the contract signings came after technical officers in his ministry completed the survey of the civil works required to have the repairs done.

He also expressed enthusiasm about the economic advancements made in Eleuthera.

"I must express my personal joy and satisfaction that there has been a major transformation in the economy of Eleuthera from north to south since the Christie Government came to office in 2002," said Mr. Roberts.

"The jobs promised have been delivered, so said, so done. The enhancement of the settlement roads on this island and Current Island will add to the quality of life for the residents of Eleuthera."

Minister Roberts said the last time any extensive repair and reconstruction of roads was done in Eleuthera was over 30 years ago.

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