New Glass Window Bridge envisioned as a symbol of resilience and sustainability says Works and Utilities Minister at Town Hall Meeting

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September 23, 2022


A new bridge design that incorporates opportunities
for Bahamian entrepreneurs was presented at a Town Hall Meeting Thursday,
September 22, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Lodge Hall, Hatchet Bay.
During the livestreamed event the Minister of Works and Utilities, the Hon. Alfred
Sears; the Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and
Family Island Affairs; island administrators, representatives of the Ministry of
Works, Town Planning Board, the Bridge Authority, Local Government, Lambert
Knowles and other consultants, and residents of Eleuthera discussed plans for the
proposed replacement of the Glass Window Bridge (GWB) in North Eleuthera.
Minister Sears termed the meeting very “successful” consultation and attendance
by local stakeholders and virtual participants.
He said Mr. Knowles has assembled a world-class team of bridge designers who
have put together a design that will turn the GWB “into a symbol of resilience,
sustainability and also a place of entertainment and relaxation where Bahamian
businesses can come and share in the wonderful goods of Eleuthera to the
international travelling public as well as the residents in Eleuthera.
“We’re speaking now with Caribbean Development Bank with respect to funding;
the design is now completed, there is also interest in PPP’s. Within the next two
months we should have a funding pathway and then of course we will move on
the procurement. Once the funding is in place we will announce a date.”
“It is not only a look out point, we are approaching this project as an enterprise
where the people who live in Eleuthera would have the same opportunities that
the people in South would have as the Disney Project would have, but it would be
more significant than Disney because this project would be owned by Bahamian
people -- entrepreneurs, performers and culinary artists.
“Eleuthera is one of the places in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas where
development is taking place very rapidly. It is one of the most unique
communities in our country; it is the fifth largest economy within the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas. We have some of the wealthiest industrialists
with homes in Eleuthera; we also have booming Bahamian business resorts
throughout Eleuthera.”
The GWD represents a place where we “can build opportunities for Bahamian
businesses, Bahamian entrepreneurs to showcase the imagination of the
Bahamian crafts persons, also to showcase the culinary skills as well as the
extraordinary culinary dishes of Bahamian cuisine,” he said.
Although “spectacular” Minister Sears said the current one-lane bridge is
“dangerous” and unable to facilitate the transport of freight from the north to the
south of the island because its carrying capacity is only 12 tonnes -- anything over
12 tonnes cannot be transported over the bridge.
He noted other challenges and informed that the bridge is not fulfilling the
potential that it has for the development of Eleuthera.
Using a Power Point presentation, Mr. Knowles introduced the design team,
technical aspects of the built design and various options considered for the new
bridge.
He said the proposed bridge will be unique; a picture opportunity and a venue to
host an event. It will have a park, security, rest rooms, parking, a location for food
trucks to sell crafts and food; and topography with different elevation.
During the question and answer segment, Minister Sears said a decision has not
yet been made regarding a bridge toll on the major undertaking.
“It is a project which multilateral bodies and private sector investors have
expressed an interest in participating in the funding. It is a project that once we
have the community by-in the government is committed to building a world class
production at this location.” Construction is expected to take place on the
proposed bridge from 2023-2026 at an estimated cost of $50-$60 million.
The GWB was built in 1990 and provides the only vehicular link between North
and South Eleuthera.

A new bridge design that incorporates opportunitiesfor Bahamian entrepreneurs was presented at a Town Hall Meeting Thursday,September 22, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Lodge Hall, Hatchet Bay.

During the livestreamed event the Minister of Works and Utilities, the Hon. AlfredSears; the Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources andFamily Island Affairs; island administrators, representatives of the Ministry ofWorks, Town Planning Board, the Bridge Authority, Local Government, LambertKnowles and other consultants, and residents of Eleuthera discussed plans for theproposed replacement of the Glass Window Bridge (GWB) in North Eleuthera.Minister Sears termed the meeting very “successful” consultation and attendanceby local stakeholders and virtual participants.

He said Mr. Knowles has assembled a world-class team of bridge designers whohave put together a design that will turn the GWB “into a symbol of resilience,sustainability and also a place of entertainment and relaxation where Bahamianbusinesses can come and share in the wonderful goods of Eleuthera to theinternational travelling public as well as the residents in Eleuthera.

“We’re speaking now with Caribbean Development Bank with respect to funding;the design is now completed, there is also interest in PPP’s. Within the next twomonths we should have a funding pathway and then of course we will move onthe procurement. Once the funding is in place we will announce a date.”
“It is not only a look out point, we are approaching this project as an enterprisewhere the people who live in Eleuthera would have the same opportunities thatthe people in South would have as the Disney Project would have, but it would bemore significant than Disney because this project would be owned by Bahamianpeople -- entrepreneurs, performers and culinary artists.

“Eleuthera is one of the places in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas wheredevelopment is taking place very rapidly. It is one of the most uniquecommunities in our country; it is the fifth largest economy within theCommonwealth of the Bahamas. We have some of the wealthiest industrialistswith homes in Eleuthera; we also have booming Bahamian business resortsthroughout Eleuthera.”

The GWD represents a place where we “can build opportunities for Bahamianbusinesses, Bahamian entrepreneurs to showcase the imagination of theBahamian crafts persons, also to showcase the culinary skills as well as theextraordinary culinary dishes of Bahamian cuisine,” he said.

Although “spectacular” Minister Sears said the current one-lane bridge is“dangerous” and unable to facilitate the transport of freight from the north to thesouth of the island because its carrying capacity is only 12 tonnes -- anything over12 tonnes cannot be transported over the bridge.

He noted other challenges and informed that the bridge is not fulfilling thepotential that it has for the development of Eleuthera.

Using a Power Point presentation, Mr. Knowles introduced the design team,technical aspects of the built design and various options considered for the newbridge.

He said the proposed bridge will be unique; a picture opportunity and a venue tohost an event. It will have a park, security, rest rooms, parking, a location for foodtrucks to sell crafts and food; and topography with different elevation.

During the question and answer segment, Minister Sears said a decision has notyet been made regarding a bridge toll on the major undertaking.

“It is a project which multilateral bodies and private sector investors haveexpressed an interest in participating in the funding. It is a project that once wehave the community by-in the government is committed to building a world classproduction at this location.” Construction is expected to take place on theproposed bridge from 2023-2026 at an estimated cost of $50-$60 million.

The GWB was built in 1990 and provides the only vehicular link between Northand South Eleuthera.

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News date : 09/23/2022    Category : Politics

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