November 04, 2011
ANDROS, The Bahamas - As the government executed a $1,753.026.86 contract to rehabilitate the bridges in Deep and Little Creek, South Andros, Administrator Brenda Colebrooke-Munroe expressed the fears of residents who daily make the dangerous trek across the bridges to and from school and work. She thanked the government for hearing the cries of residents and meeting their needs.
Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko C. Grant awarded the contract to Bahamas Marine Construction Co. Ltd. during a ceremony Wednesday at the Marion E. Forbes Youth Centre.
Among those in attendance were Minister of State for Local Government the Hon. Byron Woodside; Permanent Secretary Colin Higgs; Director John Canton; Project Engineer Dion Munroe and area Engineer Garnett Campbell. Local Government representatives including Chief Councilor Rev. James Pratt and members of the community also witnessed the event.
Minister Grant said among others the scope of works includes demolition and disposal of existing steel structures, supply and installation of new concrete piles, deck beams, new bridge barriers, installation of traffic signage and asphalt paving of the bridge surface.
He said the contractor is required to provide a public ferry service during construction periods that would necessitate closing of the bridges to vehicles. Minister Woodside recalled Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham's remarks made in the 2010/2011 Budget Debate, particularly regarding capital expenditure for Family Islands.
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