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Posted by:Apr 5th 2006, 11:36:30 pm
MaddieHe said due to the chronic water problems experienced in North Eleuthera, the Water & Sewerage Corporation was given permission early last year to solicit tenders for a Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant to be located at the former Naval Base near Governor's Harbour.

"This facility was intended to serve the communities south of the Glass Window Bridge to Savannah Sound," he said.

WHAT GOOD WILL THIS DO FOR NORTH ELEUTHERA AND HARBOUR ISLAND? Seems the Minister is talking out of both sides of his mouth...
Posted by:Apr 5th 2006, 02:55:17 pm
Fig Tree News Team http://www.thenassauguardian.com/national_local/309588852519771.php

New Eleuthera Causeway

By MINDELL SMALL, Guardian Senior Reporter

During Thursday's signing of a $3.7 million contract for the reconstruction of seawalls on Eleuthera, Minister of Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts said the failure-prone Glass Window bridge will be replaced by a new structure.

Mr Roberts said that technical officers in his Ministry had completed an evaluation of all existing roads on the island.

"As part and parcel of the infrastructure enhancement throughout the island of Eleuthera, I am also pleased to inform you that my Ministry is also in negotiations with W.F. Baird and Associates to have this company complete the final design, Tender and Construction Documents of the new causeway which will replace the Glass Window Bridge and eventually fully restore the entire road network of Eleuthera, upon completion next year," advised Mr Roberts.

"In the meanwhile, however, temporary repairs to the Glass Window Bridge structures are scheduled to commence within 60 to 90 days," he added.

Mr Roberts also noted that his Ministry was embarking on an initiative to improve the availability of potable water on Eleuthera. He said due to the chronic water problems experienced in North Eleuthera, the Water & Sewerage Corporation was given permission early last year to solicit tenders for a Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant to be located at the former Naval Base near Governor's Harbour.

"This facility was intended to serve the communities south of the Glass Window Bridge to Savannah Sound," he said. "I am pleased to inform you that a Build-Own-Operate contract for the supply of 400,000 imperial gallons per day at the Naval Base in Central Eleuthera was awarded to Aqua Design Bahamas Limited in November 2005. To date, the project is progressing on schedule." The building is completed and the installation of the major equipment is reportedly in its final stages.
Posted by:Apr 2nd 2006, 06:06:22 pm
Fig Tree News TeamFrom the Bahama Journal:

31st March
Contract Signed For Eleuthera Seawalls And Roads
By Royanne Forbes-Darville
Two Bahamian companies are expected to begin restorative work next week on eroded seawalls and roads along Eleutheraís coastal communities that were damaged during hurricanes Jeanne and Frances

During the official contract signing ceremony yesterday at the Bay Front Park in Governorís Harbour, Eleuthera, Austin Knowles, owner of Austin Knowles Construction, signed a contract valued at $3,704,477.40.

"First, I thank God and then the government," Mr. Knowles said. "With the help of my son Ricardo, who also has experience in the construction field, we will get the job done on time."

Lambert Knowles, of Engineering Technical Services (ETS), a Nassau-based company that has partnered with a Canadian-based engineering firm, received the contract for $27,020 to supervise the work.

"We have a partnership with Delcan out of Canada, who has given us a site engineer who will be present in Eleuthera," Mr. Knowles said.

ETS is also responsible for overseeing vital repair work presently underway on seawalls in Cat Island. That work is scheduled to be completed by this summer.

Minister of Works and Utilities, Bradley Roberts said the companies have vast experience in their fields.

He explained that Austin Knowles Construction was the lowest bidder on the project and will be responsible for the reconstruction of the seawalls at 10 different sites in the communities of James Cistern, Tarpum Bay, Sunset Bay and Governorís Harbour.

The scope of work is expected to be completed within five months and includes 8,500 feet of seawall, 6,000 cubic yards of concrete and other miscellaneous works, such as road shoulder restoration and the replacement of trees at various locations.

"I am advised that at the completion of these works, not only would the islandís sea defense be more structurally sound, but the beauty of the island would have also been enhanced," Minister Roberts said.

"I have every confidence that our Bahamian consulting firm, ETS, headed by Mr. Lambert Knowles, will prove worthy of the task that the government has entrusted to his firmís care.

"I hasten to point out that through the utilisation of Bahamian firms, the greater portion of the money made on the project by the consultants stays at home, in The Bahamas.

"The principals of Engineering Technical Services have also advised that in order to more effectively manage the project they propose to form a joint venture teamÖthat will be appointed for the supervision and management of the project and Islands by Design, a Bahamian-based firm, will provide environmental advice."

The government recently completed an evaluation of all of the settlement roads throughout Eleuthera.

Minister Roberts said that his ministry is presently putting together tender packages for the comprehensive work needed to repair that islandís thoroughfare.

"Further additional roads that have been evaluated for reconstruction are Cotton Bay Road and Gregory Town dump site access road," Minister Roberts said.

"With the completion of the settlement roads on mainland Eleuthera, the necessary road infrastructure would have been put in place to accommodate the promised economic revitalisation of the economy of Eleuthera by Ö[the] government."

The government is also negotiating with W.F.Baird and Associates for the completion of a new causeway to replace the Glass Window Bridge, and the eventual restoration of the entire road network of Eleuthera by next year.
Posted by:Apr 2nd 2006, 05:58:41 pm
Fig Tree News TeamFrom the Nassau Guardian: http://www.thenassauguardian.com/national_local/330643507346328.php

Multi-million Dollar Repairs for Eleuthera

By IANTHIA SMITH, Guardian Staff Reporter, ianthia@nasguard.com

GOVERNOR'S HARBOUR, Eleuthera -- A multi-million dollar project has been launched in Eleuthera, to urgently repair the island's worn out roads and seawalls.

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