According to Ministry of Works Permanent Secretary Colin Higgs, Green Turtle Cay’s promised road repairs and paving are on “our schedule for work for the [family islands]” with the expectation that they will begin work before July.
While seeking an update on the promised road repairs and paving, Green Turtle Cay Chief Councillor, Matthew Lowe was told by Mr. Higgs regarding Green Turtle Cay’s roadworks; “I expect that we will be in a position to proceed prior to close of this budget period.”
In early December a technical crew from the Ministry of Works visited Green Turtle Cay to evaluate the conditions of the roads with the view to producing a scope of works with roadwork expected to begin early in the new year.
Layton Rahman, Chief Civil Engineer in the Ministry of Works, said that they inspected the roads on Green Turtle Cay and found some of them to be in pretty bad condition.
He said when they get back to the office they will design the scope of works in about two to three weeks and then get the cost from the contractor “who we hope can begin work by mid to late January.”
North Abaco Minister of Parliament Renardo Curry noted that they had previously received two bids by contractors for road repairs, but they were for sand and seal. “That has now changed and the intent is to pave those roads with asphalt which would be a higher grade and quality for the roads that will run from the town all the way to the Bluff House, which is government road,” he said.
He added that there are some areas with private roads in need of repairs as well. He said that those roads will be scoped and estimates requested to get them done at the same time. He said that “maybe we can arrive at some kind of public/private partnership to have those roads done at the same time.”
However, Mr. Lowe hopes to intervene on behalf of the residents of the subdivision. He said that on advice he wrote a letter to the Ministry of Works stating that the roads have been open for more than 40 years and that the subdivision’s association would have no objection with the roads becoming public.
To date Mr. Lowe has not received a reply on the request to make the roads public, however, roadworks appear to be on the way, though delayed.