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Posted by:Oct 26th 2007, 04:32:05 pm
smittyDivide Eleuthera into Two islands.North El. and South El.No bridge.Nothing,causeways,bridges whatever will be able to withstand the powerful hurricanes in that area.You want to go from one island to the other, take a boat, just like any of the other islands.That place is a flat out disaster...
Posted by:Oct 26th 2007, 03:00:39 pm
MaddieThanks for the update, but I'm not holding my breath...
Posted by:Oct 26th 2007, 12:35:06 pm
Fig Tree News TeamSame headline, new year ;-):

26th October
Glass Window Bridge To Be Rebuilt
By Sasha L. Lightbourne
The government is in active negotiations to improve and strengthen the Glass Window Bridge on Eleuthera, according to Minister of Works Dr. Earl Deveaux.
The bridge has suffered extreme damage due to high force waves from hurricanes over the past few years.

Dr. Deveaux said a causeway will be built where the Glass Window Bridge currently exists.

"A study revealed that it is impossible to build a bridge strong enough at that particular point in Eleuthera to withstand the full force of the ocean in the event of a hurricane," he said.

According to the minister, the government has determined that because of the tremendous amount of water that comes into such a narrow space, a causeway must be built.

This causeway will eventually take the place of the existing bridge where four lanes will exist instead of the normal two, according to Dr. Deveaux.

A contract was given to Costal Engineering following the last hurricane. Dr. Deveaux said a model for the rebuilt bridge was completed, but the final design for the causeway has not been finalized and the government is not yet ready to go to tender.

"There are a significant number of days in the year where the volume of water in the ocean is so strong," he said. "A test was actually done where 400 ton blocks were used and the model actually shifted."

Dr. Deveaux said that essentially the government is trying to ensure that the causeway when built will be so sturdy that during hurricane force waves and winds the island itself will not shift.

"A causeway must be built that can assist with reducing the force of waves from the ocean in the event of a hurricane," he said.
Posted by:Oct 5th 2007, 09:52:32 pm
BrilandkidWe still might get a chance to use that brand new jackhammer, cause they never keep their word. But I hope they make me to be a liar by proven me wrong on this one.
Posted by:Oct 2nd 2007, 01:52:54 am
KimberlyTrue --

"NATURE'S FURY can be devastating. For centuries, there was a natural stone bridge connection between north and south Eleuthera. Phillip Thompson of Gregory Town remembers his parents talking about taking walks over it on a regular basis. Then in the 1940's, several hurricanes combined to destroy the seemingly-immortal land bridge and a concrete replacement was built. For decades, this bridge was patched with reinforced concrete, but in 1992 and 1999 Mother Nature struck again without mercy. Hurricane Andrew chipped away at the old bridge significantly in '92, but in '99 the real damage came.

For more than 2 days and nights, Hurricane Floyd, a Category 4 hurricane, pounded the area of the Glass Window with persistently-high winds and waves until nothing of the original Glass Window remained. Although the bridge was repaired and Queen's Highway re-connected within a few months, the geography of Eleuthera has changed forever. Even after four years, workers stay busy reinforcing the shoreline in order to re-pave the severely eroded asphalt.

The name "Glass Window" is still used, however, to describe the opening that connects the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans. Although natural rock has been replaced by man-made steel and concrete, the sense of awe still lingers. Stop the car and climb the rocks. Then marvel at the power of the Atlantic surf pounding against and through the narrow cut. The feeling is spectacular!"

Posted by:Oct 2nd 2007, 12:36:23 am
ash12the bridge did,nt shift then during hurricane,,it shifted a few years later,,
Posted by:Oct 1st 2007, 04:24:14 pm
KimberlyWasn't it Hurricane Andrew that shifted the bridge a few feet east in the first place? What's a decade or so among friends ;-)?
Posted by:Oct 1st 2007, 03:48:54 pm
MaddieGosh, even by Island Time that is taking a while isn't it?
Posted by:Oct 1st 2007, 03:24:52 pm
KimberlyWell, we do keep asking Nassau to focus on the situation ... nothing like having a high-adventure ride in your own backyard!
Posted by:Oct 1st 2007, 07:57:41 am
MaddieIn September of 2005 the following posting appeared on; any progress?

The Glass Window Bridge of Eleuthera is to be replaced by a new $8.9 million dollar structure. The Nassau Guardian reported that the Minister of Works Bradley Roberts revealed this is the amount that was allocated for the replacement of the bridge. The bridge was damaged last year in the hurricane, the third time in as many years that the bridge has been damaged. This seems a little strange for a little bridge over a small piece of water that engineers in this country can't seem to get it right. We trust that this time when the repairs are done that this will mean that the bridge can withstand the torrents of the hurricanes and northwesters to come. The Minister told the press that this time it will be done right.

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