According to North Abaco Member of Parliament Renardo Curry, Abaco has a number of ongoing, and soon to be completed infrastructure projects that will enhance Abaco and provide employment in the near future.
During his visit to Abaco on October 22 the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Renewal visited Green Turtle Cay to “have a look at the infrastructure there and to put that on the radar and on the drawing board.”
The Department of Immigration, along with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF), Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), Ministry of Works (MOW), and the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) went on a tour of the Pigeon Pea and Mudd shanty towns.
Ongoing road works will commence this week as Bill Simmons Construction & Heavy Equipment Company Ltd. have received approvals to continue with the drilling of drainage wells and re-paving works.
After about one month of inactivity due to a lack of material, Bill Simmons Construction & Heavy Equipment Company Ltd. resumed road paving on December 4 with a view to complete to the island’s signature stoplight before the holidays.
The MP for North Abaco, Mr. Renardo Curry, inspected the on-going road work on Don Mackay Boulevard on September 2. He inspected the portion of road near the Airport Round-About which has already been resurfaced with two layers of asphalt. For the time being, the round-about is in the process of being filled. It will be re-surfaced when the fill is properly packed and rolled. Mr. Curry explained that as per the contract that was recently renegotiated, Simmons Company Ltd will repair the pot-holes on the boulevard and resurface the entire road with two coats of asphalt all the way to the traffic light. He then stated that work could continue all the way to the Crossing by Albury’s Ferry.
The Central Abaco Mini Hospital is progressing steadily toward completion with government sources eyeing the possibility of the completion of construction by years end barring delays. According to Alan Sharpe, Director at Coastline Construction, the mini hospital is about eighty percent complete and despite some foreseeable delays the progress has gone as expected.
While progress on contracts signed in May for peripheral works at the Marsh Harbour international Airport are now under way, progress on the terminal continues to be delayed as FES Construction Company waits for government approval and mobilization on change orders that were known since December 2012.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Renewal, Philip Brave Davis, met with engineers in Abaco and indicated that assessments are ongoing and road work will be “underway in short order.” Mr. Davis said that there are plans underway to pave the roads in Abaco with asphalt and engineers are looking at the logistics in early July and are ensuring that they procure asphalt locally at a reasonable price.
During a contract signing at the Government Complex on May 27, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works, Philip Brave Davis took time to address the numerous complaints concerning road works in Marsh Harbour. Mr. Davis said that “complaints have reached me but our engineers are satisfied with the quality of work.”