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Nassau Guardian: Caves Delay North Eleuthera Airport Runway Lights Installation
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Posted by:Nov 9th 2002, 11:09:56 am
BluestarsI'll do that! Years ago I explored Preacher's Cave and went in "The Cave" near Hatchet Bay. Somebody ought to write a guide book about caves and other natural features of Eleuthera.
Posted by:Nov 6th 2002, 12:14:47 pm
KimberlyHave you been to any of the other area caves? For a great adventure, ask Chuckles or Wendell to give you a tour the next time that you find yourselves in North Eleuthera ...
Posted by:Nov 6th 2002, 11:14:26 am
BluestarsAn additional thought: maybe if some of the caves are far enough away from the airport runway/lights, they could be turned into a tourist attraction.
Posted by:Nov 5th 2002, 03:57:17 pm
BluestarsWow! Pretty neat. I hope some geologist has a chance to see and map those caves before they are filled in. Also, they should be searched for artifacts and pirate treasure. Do they connect directly with the sea?
The most important thing though is to get the airport back in good order.
Posted by:Nov 5th 2002, 03:48:43 pm
KimberlyCaves delay N Eleuthera runway lights installation

Guardian Staff Reporter

While upgrading at the Marsh Harbour, Exuma and Treasure Cay airports are completed, an unforeseen circumstance at North Eleuthera's airport has prolonged repairs there.

Massive caves were found under the stretch of land over which runway lights were planned to be installed.

According to Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin, because the caves will have to be filled in, the project has been delayed.

Civil Aviation Director Cyril Saunders told The Guardian on Wednesday that lighting alone for the Family Island airports will cost the Ministry $3 million, while communications are estimated to cost $1.5 million and other facilities are approximated at another $1 million.

The entire project will cost over $5 million.

"Right now we're waiting for additional parts.

As you approach the runway, there are numerous caverns. The contractor, who is working with the Ministry of Works and Utilities, had planned on extending the North Eleuthera airport runway from 4,500 feet, which would add 1,500 feet bringing the present runway to 6,000."

But, "Only half of the indicator lights can be installed," Mr Saunders said.

"The contractor began clearing out the trees that grew in the caves and continued with the work, but had to stop because there was a concern that the tractors would sink or fall in."

To clear the caves and the filling will cost about $4,500 to complete, he said, and it is up to the contractor to determine what will happen next.

Meanwhile, the Transport and Aviation Ministry is also planning to begin much needed restorations to the Nassau International Airport.

Preliminary plans are estimated to cost the Ministry $20 million for the airport's main runway alone. Taxiways, parking aprons and security are other issues to be addressed.

"Towards upgrading security at the Nassau International Airport, sufficient sums of money have been spent on the acquisition of metal detectors and other screening devices and on other safety and security programmes to ensure that the airport complies with the mandate of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)," said Minister Hanna-Martin.

The Ministry has not quantified the total cost of restorations, when the project will begin or the expected duration.

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