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|Nassau Guardian: Paying Attention to Eleuthera, Harbour Island Roads and Infrastructure|
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|Posted by:||May 2nd 2003, 01:53:54 pm|
|Colin||This seems an amazing amount of work to get done in such a short time, not to mention more improvements than Briland usually receives from the government.
Am I right? And are these really improvements? Hope so! Twould be great news.
|Posted by:||May 2nd 2003, 10:55:25 am|
|Fig Tree News Team||The Nassau Guardian
Friday, May 2, 2003
Government plans to spend millions on Eleuthera infrastructure
(By TAMARA McKENZIE Guardian Staff Reporter
The government of The Bahamas is spending millions on infrastructure repairs on Eleuthera.
Proposed work and some already under way, will alleviate the "suffering" of residents over the past 10 years, Minister of Works Bradley Roberts said at a town meeting in North Eleuthera on Wednesday.
Minister Roberts said that, in 2002, the Government hired Waugh Construction to construct seawalls on Bay Street Road and the Fisherman's Wharf for $680,000 and that work is complete.
"Work has begun on the dock and that should be completed in one month's time. The Government is preparing to get a contract for additional roads in Harbour Island and approval for this is pending and BaTelCo's cell site completion date for North Eleuthera is March 8." He also said that BaTelCo will be installing a cell tower in Harbour Island, to improve cellular communication.
The Works Minister said that a contract is being signed with Bahamas Marine for the construction and repair of several docks in Central and North Eleuthera at a cost of $928,000. In Current Island, Brian's Hole will be improved to give safe harbour to small boats and a landing ramp will also be built.
"In Lower Bogue, a new dock for fishing skiffs will be built. Some dredging will be done. In Hatchet Bay, the existing dock will be repaired. Finger docks will be built for boaters and hurricane anchorages will be provided for storms. A new dock for fishing will be constructed at South Palmetto Point and a new dock and mooring buoys will be installed at James Cistern and Tarpum Bay."
According to Minister Roberts, the lack of a proper mail boat dock has hampered development in South Eleuthera and the government is seeking a solution by either redeveloping the existing site, or by coordinating a new development with private partners.
"A contract was also approved with K&J Construction in the amount of $837,368.63 for four special classrooms to be built at the North Eleuthera High School. These will be an auto mechanic classroom, woodwork, needlework and home economics classroom. Construction will take about six months to complete," he said.
As the repair of roads is a concern for most Family Islanders, including Eleutherans, Minister Roberts said that roads near Gregory Town, Palmetto Point and Cotton Bay are in poor condition and will be upgraded and the Ministry will seek to tender this work over the coming year at a cost of $1.5 million.
Minister Roberts also told residents that they no longer have to be concerned about whether their political choice will dictate when or whether something is done to better their lives.
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