Road Work Continuation Approved
The Central Abaco Road Works Project received confirmation of its continuation last week as Cabinet approved funds for the work to carry on last week.
Minister of Parliament for North Abaco and Parliamentary Secretary, Renardo Curry, said that with that approval work should get started shortly as Simmons Heavy Equipment and Construction Company is set to resume paving the main roads through Murphy and Dundas Town.
“The contractors are back on site and we expect to see them continue that work in another week or so, and should run through the next several months,” he said.
The first phase of the road work project was the paving of the main road in Marsh Harbour from the Airport to the ferry dock at the Crossing.
Additionally, Mr. Curry said that the long delayed continuation of the sidewalk on Forest Drive will be resumed. “So we should see tremendous infrastructure work being done in the next several months in Central Abaco,” he said.
Sporting Complex Start Imminent
Mr. Curry said he recently met with the Minister of Youths, Sports and Culture, Dr. Danny Johnson who said that the Sporting Complex construction should begin soon.
“The minister told me that it is in the preliminary phases and we should see work begin very soon,” Mr. Curry said.
He said they would begin with work on the track, which will have the rubberized surface, first and then go on to build a gymnasium and the other aspects of the complex.
Dr. Johnson presented, during a visit on October 22, “A sports and recreation facility that suits the needs of the island.” He said that the sporting complex will include beach volleyball, beach soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, a multi-purpose gym, track and field, tennis, swimming and football.
“So you’re going to have a really fantastic facility with synthetic surfaces, AstroTurf, proper lighting, changing rooms, coaching facilities and administration, consistent with what we are trying to do,” Dr. Johnson said.
The facility will be located in Murphy Town at the present track and field area just west of Abaco Central High School and will cover a total of almost 37 acres.
Mr. Curry said that they intend to begin work on both the track at the Murphy Town Park and also in Moor’s Island simultaneously. He added that they are also looking for a suitable site in Marsh Harbour for the Abaco Swim Club. “Once that is located work will begin on a swim facility in Marsh Harbour.”
“We are gearing up for the Abaco Games and readying our people for The Bahamas Games, which Dr. Johnson indicated that they are planning for in 2016.” Mr. Curry said.
Vocational and Technical Institute Planned
Mr. Curry said that the plans for a vocational and technical institute are coming together as he will be partnering with Total Education out of Grand Bahama.
“They will be working along with us as we seek to offer programs to assist Bahamians along with internships so that when you are trained at the institute you would be able to easily enter the workforce at a highly skilled level,” he said.
“We will see this come on stream in the next few months. I know there is a lot of demand for it, and now it will be here very shortly,” he said.