Minister for Grand Bahama
Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville
said plans are underway for an elevated causeway for the Fishing Hole Road.
The issue at the Fishing Hole Road has presented a myriad of safety issues over the years, mainly during Hurricane Season when excessive flooding becomes prevalent.
is pleased that a collaborative effort between the government and private sector partners has resulted in the mammoth project.
" The Ministry for Grand Bahama in conjunction with the Ministry of Works as well as our private sector partners looked at the possibility for the construction of a bridge or a causeway for the Fishing Hole Road," he
" In any major storm there is flooding in the area which cuts off west Grand Bahama from Freeport and those individuals living in West Grand Bahama lose access to essential services," Darville
The Minister for Grand Bahama
said the issue of flooding on the Fishing Hole Road has been a menacing problem for some time now, however he
is pleased to report that the government is one step closer to solving it.
" The government has been addressing this problem for many years and I'm pleased to report that with the work we've done here at the Ministry for Grand Bahama
, as well as the relevant engineers and major companies here on Grand Bahama we've found a solution for the Fishing Hole Road, which will be a causeway," Darville
" The entire industrial sector, which is inclusive of the Harbor Company, Bahama Rock and all of the industrial sector that is on the side towards West End, we came together and found a workable solution for a new Fishing Hole causeway," he added.
Minister Darville also said all groundwork for the project has been completed and they are now in the intricate planning stages with the engineers for the incoming roadway.
" All of the necessary groundwork is completed and now it's just for us to complete the engineering drawings, which will guide the contractor for the construction of the Fishing Hole causeway," he
" It is marked for a capital works project here on Grand Bahama
and we are now going into the intricate nuts and bolts with the engineers for the actual design of the causeway," Darville
With no definite date set for the groundbreaking of the major development, the Minister for Grand Bahama
said construction is on hold until the hurricane season falters.
" We don't want to start the construction in the midst of hurricane season so more than likely we will have to wait and see how things are going but I am convinced that we would like to have the construction of this new causeway being constructed simultaneously as the bridge going to east Grand Bahama
Although there is no projected date set for groundbreaking or a price tag attached to the proposed causeway, Darville
said it is his
hope to have construction of both this project and the bridge into east Grand Bahama
executed at once.