Public Works/Infrastructure

Davis: Baha Mar road talks nearly done
Davis: Baha Mar road talks nearly done

September 04, 2013

Government negotiators have verified that Baha Mar developers spent more than $100 million for the rerouting of West Bay Street, Minister of Works Philip Brave Davis said yesterday, adding that Cabinet now has to agree to the final amount the government will pay for the road...

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baha mar road row 'nears end'

September 03, 2013

A DISAGREEMENT between the government and Baha Mar officials over money owed to the company for building one mile of rerouted West Bay Street is nearing an end, according to Works Minister Philip “Brave” Davis...

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DPM to meet with Baha Mar today
DPM to meet with Baha Mar today

August 23, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works Philip Davis plans to meet with negotiators from Baha Mar today in an effort to reach agreement on the government's financial obligation for roadwork associated with the Cable Beach project.

"At that time there will be a more definitive protocol crafted to reach a resolution on the matter," Davis said...

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Work on Mayaguana airport runway on schedule, on budget

August 12, 2013

Work on the runway of the Mayaguana airport is expected to be completed on schedule and on budget, according to I-Group representative Tim Haffner.

Haffner, project manager for the I-Group's Mayaguana Management Company, said flight services should be returned to that island within the first week of October...

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2.8m contract signed for roadworks in San Salvador

August 11, 2013

A MODERN road system for San Salvador’s drivers, cyclists and pedestrians is on the way, according to the government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works Philip Davis signed a contract for $2,843,516.67 with Symonette’s Enterprises to improve and maintain roads across the island...

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Ministry of Works continues road paving throughout New Providence

August 01, 2013

Major roads and highways throughout New Providence will be paved as part of the Ministry of Works' ongoing road maintenance programme.

The East/West Highway, Thompson Boulevard and Bay Street are among thoroughfares on which re-surfacing has already been carried...

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Ministry of Works continues road paving exercise in New Providence

July 31, 2013

Major roads and highways throughout New Providence will be paved as part of the Ministry of Works' ongoing road maintenance programme.

The East/West Highway, Thompson Boulevard and Bay Street are among thoroughfares on which re-surfacing has already been carried out...

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Ground broken on BAIC training centre

July 18, 2013

SEVERAL government officials yesterday attended a ground-breaking ceremony in the Soldier Road Industrial Park, where a new state-of-the-art administrative office and a training centre for the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation is being constructed.

Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis and the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government V Alfred Gray were among the dignitaries who gave remarks during the event...

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Contractor's insurance will cover repairs to damaged road
Contractor's insurance will cover repairs to damaged road

July 18, 2013

THE cost of the repairs for the damaged John F Kennedy Drive will be covered by the contractor’s insurance, Minister of Works and Urban Development, Philip “Brave” Davis confirmed yesterday.

It was last Friday that someone, believed to be a disgruntled worker, destroyed more than 7,000 feet of asphalt on JFK, doing more than $1 million in damage...

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Worker stole tractor to shred asphalt
Worker stole tractor to shred asphalt

July 15, 2013

A DISGRUNTLED worker destroyed more than 7,000 feet of asphalt on John F Kennedy Drive, doing more than $1 million worth of damage.

Police say it happened between 8:30pm and 9pm on Friday in the area east of West Ridge Estates. According to sources, the culprit stole a tractor and began digging up the road in a “zig-zag” fashion so the road could not be “patched” but had to be entirely redone...

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A strong response to mischief
A strong response to mischief

July 15, 2013

The Airport Gateway project is almost finished. The new highway will take motorists from the airport toward the center of the island. It is intended to improve the flow of traffic for those entering the country.

On Friday night, an unknown individual or individuals stole a machine used on the project and dug up nearly two miles of newly paved road. Police estimate the cost of the damage at $1 million...

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1 mil damage to road project

July 15, 2013

An unknown person or persons stole a machine used on the Airport Gateway Project and dug up nearly two miles of newly paved road on Friday night, officials said over the weekend.

Police reported that the estimated cost of the damage is $1 million. They said it appears the incident happened between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday...

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Bildex Construction Company awarded contract to renovate Ansbacher Building

July 02, 2013

The Ministry of Works and Urban Development has awarded a contract to Bildex Construction Company for completion of the renovation and fit-out of the remaining floors of the Ansbacher Building on Bank Lane and East Street for use by the Judicial Department.

The contract awarded to Bildex in the base amount of $4,958,453.33 along with the provisional sum of $200,000 for public utility service connections, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works the Hon. Philip Davis said during the contract signing, Monday, July 1, 2013...

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Bildex Construction Company awarded contract to renovate Ansbacher Building

July 01, 2013

The Ministry of Works and Urban Development has awarded a contract to Bildex Construction Company for completion of the renovation and fit-out of the remaining floors of the Ansbacher Building on Bank Lane and East Street for use by the Judicial Department...

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Deal signed for water and sewage at Baha Mar
Deal signed for water and sewage at Baha Mar

June 10, 2013

THE Water and Sewage Corporation has signed a series of agreements with the Baha Mar mega-resort for water supply and sewage treatement.

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60 mil housing agreement signed
60 mil housing agreement signed

June 10, 2013

The Ministry of Housing will build 120 homes in the next 12 months at a cost of $10 million after signing a $60 million memorandum of understanding with the National Insurance Board (NIB) on Thursday, officials said.
Minister of Housing Kenred Dorsett said the home construction will also create jobs.
"During the years 2002 to 2007, in excess of 8,000 to 10,000 jobs were created simply by the government's housing program," he said at a press conference at NIB on Thursday.
"So we want to be responsible and that's why we haven't issued bonds through BMC (Bahamas Mortgage Corporation).
"We don't believe that is the prudent thing to do at this time and so we are being responsible in how we are going to manage this process, but we do know that jobs will be created and we are hoping that in the very near future, we will find other creative ways in which we can find additional funding for the government's housing efforts."
The project is set to begin within the next 30 days and should be completed by next summer, Dorsett said.
The new homes will be built in subdivisions in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and San Salvador.
The first phase of the construction will cost $10 million, which will be disbursed to the ministry in quarterly equal installments of $2.5 million.
Bahamas Mortgage Corporation Chairman Alex Storr said the construction will help satisfy the overwhelming demand the agency has for low cost housing.
"Since the election we have been inundated with people who were looking for government housing," Storr said.
There are more than 600 outstanding applications for government homes.
Dorsett said the MOU also mandates that his ministry hire a project manager to oversee construction.
The government will also engage a financial advisor who will report to the relevant agencies involved in the housing program to ensure the money is being used properly.
Dorsett said the government has adopted a policy of hiring private inspectors, with adequate indemnity insurance, to sign off on each stage of construction to make it easier to track the quality of work.
The minister also explained how the money will be repaid to NIB.
"The funds are lent through NIB to BMC," Dorsett said.
"BMC provides it for our housing program. There is a credit given back to BMC as they turn these pass-through loans into mortgages, then BMC will in turn satisfy, through interest payments in the interim, and in the long term through the securitization of the BMC portfolio, which is [why] we are working with the Ministry of Finance."

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Work on Mayaguana airport's runway to be complete in three months
Work on Mayaguana airport's runway to be complete in three months

June 04, 2013

Mayaguana Island Administrator Charles Moss said residents on the island are anxiously waiting on the government to deliver on its pledge to finish the ongoing repairs to the runway of that island's airport.
His comments come two months after three people were killed in a runway accident on that island.
Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin subsequently promised that the government would install runway lights "within six weeks" and repair the runway.
Although the solar lights have been purchased, they will not be installed until runway work is complete, which should wrap up in the next three months.
Yesterday Moss said the lighting equipment is portable and can be set up in a few minutes in the case of an emergency.
"You can't predict what would happen but we are much better prepared," he said.
According to him, while residents are happy with the progress at the airport they hope the government will fulfill its promise to complete the runway work.
"Residents are still cautious, they are like 'okay the lights came, but we are really more concerned about the runway'.
"If it all were to bear out and the runway is completed within the three-month time period, you would certainly hear us celebrating from Nassau. Hanna-Martin came down, and she made a promise. Certainly the people of Mayaguana are holding her to it. In six weeks' time, the lights were here, so if that's any indication, we are now being told that in three months the runway will be completed barring any inclement weather.
"That is certainly something we are looking forward to with the promise of Bahamasair starting flights to fly back here again."
Edith Collie, her daughter Enamae Polowick and son-in-law Tim Polowick were killed when a LeAir plane crashed into their truck on the Mayaguana airport runway around 1 a.m. on April 4.
They were using the truck to provide lighting for the charter plane, which was making an emergency medical flight to the island for the uncle of former Cabinet Minister Sidney Collie.
The accident exposed longstanding safety concerns at the Mayaguana airport.

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Work to start on Mayaguana runway
Work to start on Mayaguana runway

June 03, 2013

Two months after three people were killed in a runway accident on Mayaguana, repairs on that runway are set to begin, and are expected to be completed within 12 weeks, Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin said yesterday.
The government recently met with the I-Group's project manager and contractor and agreed on the timeline for completion, weather permitting, Hanna-Martin said.
She said the work will start next week Tuesday.
"The Ministry of Works and Urban Development along with the Ministry of Transport and the Department of Civil Aviation will closely monitor the work to completion," she said in a statement.
"It is anticipated that on completion, Bahamasair will recommence regularly scheduled flights to that island."
She also said, "It is to be noted that construction work on the Mayaguana runway has been substantially stalled for a period of years, thereby negatively impacting airlift to that southern island."
A runway accident at that airport on April 4 triggered widespread discussion over why some Family Island runways in The Bahamas still do not have lights, something Hanna-Martin has pledged to address.
Former Cabinet minister Sidney Collie's mother, sister and brother-in-law were killed when a twin-engine plane crashed into their truck on the runway around 1 a.m.
They were using the truck lights to light the runway for a LeAir charter plane, which was making an emergency medical flight to the island for Collie's uncle.
In the days following the tragedy, Hanna-Martin and MICAL MP V. Alfred Gray blamed the Ingraham administration's restructuring of the agreement for the controversial I-Group development in Mayaguana for the lack of runway lights.
Under the I-Group agreement, developers are responsible for the refurbishment of the airport and runway.
They said the runway lights were not functioning because of the I-Group's ongoing work.
At the time, Hanna-Martin pledged to install lights at the airport and said the process could take at least six weeks.
At the six-week mark, May 16, she said the process would take another two weeks.
"I had said about six weeks and we are a little off it and we are looking at another two weeks, but we are moving expeditiously to get this accomplished," she said.
"The lights were acquired through a tender process with companies in the United States that provide solar lights."
Yesterday, Hanna-Martin said temporary emergency lights had been delivered to Mayaguana.
She also said the Department of Civil Aviation has purchased permanent solar lights that will be installed on completion of the runway.

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BEC union rejects sabotage claim

May 29, 2013

The Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) has taken exception to the accusation of sabotage made by Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) Executive Chairman Leslie Miller, and has pledged to launch an investigation of its own.
On Monday, workers at BEC's Clifton Pier Power Plant found severed power lines in the engine and auxiliary rooms five feet underground after powering down the 31-megawatt engine, which began to overheat, Miller said.
He told reporters he was convinced the damage was the work of BEC employees, before announcing the launch of a full internal and police investigation.
Ervin Smith, vice president of the BEWU, said yesterday the accusation is simply wrong.
"Everything that goes wrong in the corporation or seems to go wrong the problem is made by the union," Smith said.
"While he (Miller) did not say union he referred to the employees, and the line staff that work at Clifton Pier are members of our union, and it is our right to stand and support and defend the rights of our workers.
"Why is it that a proper investigation was not conducted, and as a result of the investigation then you come and make a statement?
"You can not come out and make an allegation against employees and expect smooth sailing. Yes, we want a proper investigation and as a matter of fact we are conducting an investigation ourselves, and we will let the general public know what our findings are."
Miller claimed it will cost the corporation in excess of $250,000 per day in extra fuel to make up for the generation loss of the engine that was tampered with.
He suggested households could expect higher energy costs this summer if it is found that the engine sustained major damage.
Tensions remain high between Miller and the leaders of the union over the implementation of a rostering system in March and overtime.
Miller suspects that this is the latest act by workers who he said are trying to undermine changes underway at the corporation and efforts by the government to cut electricity costs.
Smith said a contract worker could have caused the damage. He was unable to say how many full-time and contract workers were on site on Sunday or Monday.
"There are contract workers who are hired, who are not persons off the street," Smith said.
"These are people who are on BEC's compound every day. It does not take a rocket scientist to see where cables are.
"As a matter of fact they are there now and sometimes when our employees are getting off, contract workers are getting on."
During a site inspection, Miller told reports there are no surveillance cameras at the Clifton Pier power station, however, Smith said he found the news alarming.
"I live in Exuma and at our power station there are cameras at every entry and exit of this compound," he said.
"In the power station, in the office, in the control room, and these cameras were set up under this previous executive board.
"You are going to tell me that they don't have cameras in Clifton Pier?"
Miller said security cameras will be installed at each power plant on New Providence within 30 days.

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